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Ivermectin Ineffective Against Pediatric Trichuriasis

A new study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease, suggests that ivermectin can be administered safely to preschool- and school-aged children suffering from trichuriasis– infection caused by the parasitic worm Trichuris trichiura.

But the use of ivermectin to treat trichuriasis is ineffective at 200-µg/kg doses in preschool- and school-aged children, with less efficacy observed in school-aged children when 600-µg/kg doses were administered to school-aged children.

New Proteins Are Responsible For The Functioning Of Bacteria

A study estimates the ability to leach heavy metals from the environment and digest a potent greenhouse gas; methanotrophic bacteria pull double duty when it comes to cleaning up the environment. The researcher has identified two never-before-studied proteins, called MbnB and MbnC, as partially responsible for the bacteria's inner workings. The study was published in the journal Science.

Microscopic Images Reveal Dangerous Bacteria And Transmit Antibiotic Resistance

A study determined that a new technique for growing sticky films of bacteria into elaborate microscopic images could reveal how potentially dangerous biofilms grow and transmit antibiotic resistance, and could lead to novel biomaterials or synthetic microbial communities. Working with light and genetically engineered bacteria. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.