Science news: Sep 2015

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Strategies for tackling drug-resistant bugs put to the test by maths models

To tackle antibiotic resistance, scientists should look at how strains of drug-resistant bugs compete with those susceptible to drugs.
30 September 2015

Understanding the paradox of HIV drugs worsening concurrent tuberculosis

Scientists hope that new insights into an inflammatory condition that means TB gets worse in patients treated for HIV will help lead to ways to prevent and treat the common problem.
24 September 2015

New insight into how heart cells develop

Molecular detail about how heart cells develop in embryos may help in efforts to reprogram embryonic stem cells to produce cells for treating heart patients.
14 September 2015

Human genome editing research essential, claims influential Hinxton Group

Research involving editing the genome of human embryos is essential to gain basic understanding of the biology of early human embryos and germ cells and should be permitted, according to one of the first global meetings to debate the controversial new techniques.
10 September 2015

Possible evidence for human transmission of Alzheimer’s pathology

Researchers have found the first evidence of human-to-human transmission of Alzheimer’s disease – but only through a long-discontinued medical procedure.
10 September 2015

Brain cells get tweaked 'on the go'

Researchers have discovered a new molecular ‘switch’ that controls the properties of neurons in response to changes in the activity of their neural network.
09 September 2015

Aspirin could hold the key to supercharged cancer immunotherapy

Giving cancer patients aspirin at the same time as immunotherapy could dramatically boost the effectiveness of the treatment
03 September 2015

Manipulation of food structure could lead the way to a healthier diet

Preserving the natural structure of dietary fibre during food production can help to slow the rise in blood sugar levels after a meal.
02 September 2015