Pan-filovirus T-cell vaccine protects mice from Ebola and Marburg

Vaccines that induce protective T-cell responses could protect against members across the filovirus family, according to a new study. Vaccines that induce protective T-cell responses could protect against members across the filovirus family, according to a study published February 28 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Tomáš Hanke of the University of Oxford, Bette … More Pan-filovirus T-cell vaccine protects mice from Ebola and Marburg

Bacteria in frog skin may help fight fungal infections in humans

Scientists in Panama explored the compounds produced by frog skin bacteria as potential novel antifungal sources for the benefit of humans and amphibians. In the past few decades, a lethal disease has decimated populations of frogs and other amphibians worldwide, even driving some species to extinction. Yet other amphibians resisted the epidemic. Based on previous … More Bacteria in frog skin may help fight fungal infections in humans

Plants can skip the middlemen to directly recognize disease-causing fungi

Scientists have revealed that direct physical associations between plant immune proteins and fungal molecules are widespread during attempted infection. The authors’ findings run counter to current thinking and may have important implications for engineering disease resistance in crop species. Fungal diseases collectively termed powdery mildew afflict a broad range of plant species, including agriculturally relevant … More Plants can skip the middlemen to directly recognize disease-causing fungi

Diving into Earth’s interior helps scientists unravel secrets of diamond formation

Understanding the global carbon cycle provides scientists with vital clues about the planet’s habitability. It’s the reason why the Earth has a clement stable climate and a low carbon dioxide atmosphere compared to that of Venus, for instance, which is in a runaway greenhouse state with high surface temperatures and a thick carbon dioxide atmosphere. … More Diving into Earth’s interior helps scientists unravel secrets of diamond formation