Unlocking rice immune system will benefit humanity: Scientists

 Rice is a staple food for half of the world's population. To protect it against deadly pathogens, a team of researchers has identified a bacterial signal that, when recognised by rice plants, enables them resist a devastating blight disease.

Know how to prevent multidrug resistance

Instead of just one drug, prescribing patients drug combinations that reach similar parts of the body could be an effective way of combating pathogens such as viruses or bacteria, says a new study.

Indian-origin professor among researchers making sepsis diagnosis breakthrough

US researchers, including an Indian-origin professor at California's Standford University have identified a set of 11 genes that could help faster and accurate diagnosis of patients with sepsis and separate them from those with other forms of inflammation.

New antibiotic kills pathogens without resistance

A newly discovered antibiotic eliminates pathogens without encountering any detectable resistance, a finding that may lead to treatments for chronic infections such as tuberculosis and MRSA.

Skin microbes may boost immune response

Various microorganisms that naturally colonise the skin may help protect us from infections as they trigger specific responses in the skin immune system to fight invasion by pathogens, a new research, involving an Indian-origin scientist, has found.

Global infection outbreaks, unique diseases rising since 1980

The number of infectious disease outbreaks and the number of unique illnesses causing them appear to be increasing around the globe, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

Global infection outbreaks rising since 1980: Study

The number of outbreaks of infectious diseases and the number of unique illnesses causing them appear to be increasing around the globe, says a study co-authored by an Indian-American professor.

'Biospleen' can remove deadly pathogens from human blood

In search of a way to clear infections, US researchers have developed an artificial "biospleen" to filter blood.

Antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat

Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavour, freshness and colour can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to new research.

New tobacco plant fights West Nile virus

Scientists have developed therapeutics from a new generation of tobacco plant that fights West Nile virus and other pathogens.

Scientists spot how HIV infects gut for first time ever

Researchers have utilized high-resolution electron microscopy to look at HIV infection within the actual tissue of an infected organism, providing perhaps the most detailed characterization yet of HIV infection in the gut.

Key difference between our bodies` fight against viruses and bacteria identified

Researchers have discovered a key difference in the biological mechanisms by which the immune system responds to viral and bacterial pathogens.

Plants choose growth over defence

As plants look at channelising their energies, they choose growth over defence against pathogens.

Evolution can select for evolvability

Fittest to survive! Organisms that have a greater capacity to evolve may fare better in rapidly changing environments, scientists say.

Pathogenic agents like protein may help combat Alzheimer`s disease

Two neurology researchers have come up with a theory that may help unify scientists` thinking about several neurodegenerative diseases and suggest therapeutic strategies to combat them.

How antibodies neutralise chikungunya virus

Researchers have been able to learn the precise structure of the mosquito-transmitted chikungunya virus pathogen while it is bound to antibodies, showing how the infection is likely neutralized.

Achilles heel of dengue virus identified

Scientists have identified the region on dengue virus that is neutralized in people who overcome infection with the deadly pathogen.

Bees self-medicate `when infected with pathogens`

Honey bees are clever than you thought. They "self-medicate" when their colony is infected with a harmful fungus, bringing in increased amounts of antifungal plant resins to ward off the pathogen.

Discovery on measles could spur less toxic cancer cure

A new discovery about the measles virus, arguably the most virulent pathogen which afflicts 10 million children worldwide.

How plants fight diseases

Scientists have shed new light on how plants fight diseases caused by bacterial pathogens.