Antimicrobial

An "Archaea" Solution To The Post-Antibiotic Era

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFor those studying this unique branch of terrestrial life, the identification of resistance genes in the environment suggested there had to be antimicrobials out there. If this was the case, the Archaea were going to play a role. The only question they couldn't answer was the nature of this role. This past week, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University may have provided the answer: Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT).

A Eulogy to the Germ-Fighting Penny

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg February 4 of this year was a momentous day for numismatists as the Canadian Mint officially stopped distribution of the one-cent coin, the penny. While the reaction from Canadians was mixed, there was a general consensus that the loss was still a sad end to a 105-year era. The moment was also a sombre day for those striving to improve public health.

The Evil Way Your Eyes Fend Off Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe eye is a complex organ and has developed a unique means to fight off germs. The eye has its own separate immune function to tackle a potential infection, which is called immune privilege. Research has since learned exactly how these peptides went about killing their enemies although the results are better placed in a Clive Barker novel -- AMPs manifest the well-known concept of death by a million paper cuts...