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.
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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
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Feb. 2, 2016) New research reveals that beards contain microbes that can kill bacteria; which could potentially be used to develop new antibiotics. Matthew Stock reports.
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July 28, 2016 Scientists have made an interesting discovery, which may help fight chlamydia infection -- one of the most widespread STDs in the world. A series of experiments have shown that certain proteins are ... read more
July 28, 2016 Underneath the waves of Palikir Pass, one of the world's top surf breaks in the Pacific Ocean, lies a new safe zone which aims to ensure the survival of local fisheries and the species that are ... read more
July 28, 2016 Haddock is an important fish species that has its most important spawning ground in and around Norway’s northern Lofoten archipelago, where oil production is being planned. However, research now ... read more
July 28, 2016 Medical researchers have discovered novel virulence strategies employed by the Leishmania parasite. These scientific breakthroughs represent two important clues to understanding the cellular and ... 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