Next-generation probiotics might join the fight against gut bacterial infections
Articles / Gastrointestinal diseases / Probiotics

Next-generation probiotics might join the fight against gut bacterial infections

Clostridium difficile infections are the most common cause of diarrhea associated with the use of antibiotics. If these bacteria attempt to invade the human gut, the ‘good bacteria,’ which outnumber C. difficile, usually prevent them from growing. However, when a person takes antibiotics, for example to treat pneumonia, the antibiotic also can kill the good … Continue reading

A powerful, fast experimental approach identifies potentially safer substitutes for BPA
Articles / Integrated Microscopy Core

A powerful, fast experimental approach identifies potentially safer substitutes for BPA

Health concerns about bisphenol A (BPA), or BPA substitutes, have emerged because, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, BPA is widespread in human populations.  BPA can leach into canned foods or bottled water, and enter people’s bodies when they consume those foods.  Further concern comes from animal experiments showing that even low-dose … Continue reading

Image of the Month: An activated human NK cell
Articles / NK cells

Image of the Month: An activated human NK cell

  NK or natural killer cells are members of the immune system critical for the control of viral infections and cancer. Research at the Emily Mace lab at Baylor College of Medicine focuses on understanding the molecular signals that promote NK cell development and how these processes malfunction in human disease. “We gain further insight … Continue reading