A spin-off of space research may help solve a huge medical problem. It turns out that a plasma, an form of ionized gas helps to heal chronic wounds by killing off multi-drug resistant bacteria and stimulating tissue growth.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching are developing new applications for plasmas while doctors at Munich's Schwabing Hospital are testing plasma therapies on patients. The field of plasma medicine is already showing great promise.
Reuters (Oct. 8, 2013) South Korean scientists say they have managed to produce gasoline from genetically modified Escherichia coli, a bacteria that inhabits the lower intestines of warm-blooded animals. They say the ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Sep. 26, 2014) Research by scientists at Imperial College London suggests that genetic engineering of bacteria could facilitate the production of propane on a commercial scale, potentially opening up new ways of ... watch video
AP (Dec. 16, 2014) Scientists with Brazil's most respected health research institute say they've discovered a drug-resistant "super bacteria" in waters where Olympic sailing events will be held. (Dec. 16)
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AP (Mar. 3, 2015) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no public threat after a strain of bacteria was accidentally released by a laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in ... watch video
AP (Sep. 30, 2013) Florida health officials are warning residents about seawater bacteria after a man died from exposure. Authorities in Flagler and Volusia counties are advising residents to avoid eating raw shellfish ... watch video
Aug. 28, 2015 New research examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion. The findings indicate that the stigma of ... read more
Aug. 28, 2015 Researchers have shown that our understanding of how organic material is decomposed by fungi and bacteria is fundamentally wrong. This means that climate models that include ... read more
Aug. 28, 2015 Scientists have identified chemosensory proteins (CSPs) that play important roles in communications between worker ants. CSPs may represent a starting point for elucidation ... read more
Aug. 27, 2015 The fungus Cryptococcus causes meningitis, a brain disease that kills about 1 million people each year. It's difficult to treat because fungi are genetically quite similar to ... read more
Nov. 4, 2013 For seven years it delivered outstanding results for science and technology on the International Space Station, now the successful plasma crystal laboratory PK-3 Plus operated one last time. After ... read more
July 10, 2013 One of the most frequently-used physics laboratories on the International Space Station recently completed its final set of experiments. The Plasma Kristall Experiment (PK-3 Plus) lab, a ... read more
May 22, 2012 Technology spin-off from long-running research aboard the International Space Station is opening up a new way to keep hospital patients safe from infections. Using plasma -- electrically charged gas ... read more