Hexbyte Glen Cove New study shows microplastics turn into 'hubs' for pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria thumbnail

Hexbyte Glen Cove New study shows microplastics turn into ‘hubs’ for pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A single use of a facial exfoliator can release 5,000 -100,000 microplastics to the environment. Credit: NJIT It's estimated that an average-sized wastewater treatment plant serving roughly 400,000 residents will discharge up to 2,000,000 microplastic particles into the environment each day. Yet, researchers are still learning the environmental and human health impact of these...

Hexbyte Glen Cove Researchers use new tool to study stress in root-colonizing bacteria thumbnail

Hexbyte Glen Cove Researchers use new tool to study stress in root-colonizing bacteria

Biological engineering researchers at Utah State are trying to understand how they can leverage the benefits of a plant's microbiome in the face of adverse agricultural conditions. Credit: Matt Jensen One solution to agriculture's many challenges—climate change-induced drought, less arable land, and decreased water quality, to name a few—is to develop smarter fertilizers. Such...

Hexbyte Glen Cove Study identifies never-before-seen dual function in enzyme critical for cancer growth thumbnail

Hexbyte Glen Cove Study identifies never-before-seen dual function in enzyme critical for cancer growth

This cartoon demonstrates the three-dimensional structure of the pol theta enzyme. Credit: S. Doublie, University of Vermont Considered the most lethal form of DNA damage, double-strand breaks must be repaired to prevent cell death. In developing therapies for hard-to-treat breast and ovarian cancers in patients with BRCA gene mutations, scientists aim to identify ways...

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