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 - 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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Aug. 25, 2016 Scientists have identified a new 'multicomponent' virus --one containing different segments of genetic material in separate particles -- that can infect animals. This new pathogen was isolated from ... read more
Aug. 25, 2016 Lobsters eat jellyfish without harm from the venomous stingers due to a series of physical adaptations. Researchers examined lobster feces to discover that lobsters surround ... read more
Aug. 24, 2016 Indoor air pollution is an important environmental threat to human health, leading to symptoms of 'sick building syndrome.' But researchers report that surrounding oneself ... read more
Aug. 23, 2016 In a heroic effort, researchers have now sequenced, assembled and analyzed the mutations in the genomes of 38 wild snub-nosed monkeys (from genome mapping of 42 individuals: ... 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