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Multi-Resistant Pathogens: Breakthrough Achieved in Decoding

Researchers at the University of Tübingen and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have achieved a breakthrough in the decoding of multi-resistant pathogens. The team led by Professor Andreas Peschel and Professor Thilo Stehle was able to decode the structure and function of a previously unknown protein used by dreaded pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus like a magic cloak to protect themselves against the human immune system. The study was published in  Nature. 

Cell Death: Key Component of Microscopic Machinery Identified

An important component of the microscopic machinery that drives cell death has been identified by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute scientists. Studying the 'pro-death' machinery that caused damaged, diseased or unwanted cells, the research team revealed a protein called VDAC2 was critical for the function of a key pro-death protein called Bax.

Citrate-based Biomaterial Fuels Bone Healing With Less Rejection

A material based on a natural product of bones and citrus fruit, called citrate, provides the extra energy that stem cells need to form new bone tissue, according to a team of Penn State bioengineers. Their new understanding of the mechanism that allows citrate to aid in bone regeneration will help the researchers develop slow-release, biodegradable, citrate-releasing scaffolds to act as bone-growth templates to speed up healing in the body