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 - Innovations Video Online (July 11, 2016) Tests on worms and mice have shown that intestinal bacteria transforms a molecule contained in pomegranates to dramatically slow down the aging of muscles. Scientists from Swiss research institute ... watch video
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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Oct. 20, 2016 Large swaths of DNA and its lesser-known cousin RNA are dotted by chemical tags that act like Post-It notes, providing additional instructions to the underlying genetic code. ... read more
Oct. 20, 2016 Research has found that a natural compound isolated from onions, onionin A (ONA), has several anti-ovarian cancer properties. This discovery is a result of research on the ... read more
Oct. 19, 2016 To take shape, to move and to reproduce, cells need internal scaffolding composed of slender filaments known as microtubules. Before the cell can use microtubules for these and other essential ... read more
Oct. 19, 2016 Grauer's gorilla, which is confined to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is now Critically Endangered, according to a new study. This is the first analysis of the Grauer's gorilla population ... read more
Oct. 19, 2016 Improved barn design, cleaning processes, and manure treatment could reduce ammonia emissions from commercial dairy cattle barns by 17 to 50%, according to a new study. The ... 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