T cells vs Antibodies – The Unsung Warriors Against COVID-19

A novel test for T cells show great promise in detecting immune status Antibodies often steal the spotlight when talking about immunity, but they are not the only protagonist in the immune system. T cells are specialized defenders activated in the adaptive immune response. They multiply and differentiate into cytotoxic, helper, or regulatory t-cells. These Read more about T cells vs Antibodies – The Unsung Warriors Against COVID-19[…]

Coronaphobia and Coinfections

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), a pandemic on March 11, 2020. 1 Since then—at the time of writing—63,098,003 cases and 1,465,111 deaths have been reported from 191 afflicted countries/regions across the globe. 2 Along with its high transmissibility and mortality Read more about Coronaphobia and Coinfections[…]

New Technology in the Fight Against Pneumonia

Saving Patient Lives with Rapid Pneumonia Testing Streptococcus pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila pose a severe threat of morbidity and mortality, with acute symptoms that include shortness of breath and chest pain. High-risk cases are known to result in respiratory failure, sepsis, pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis.(1) Consequently, “Pneumonia is the world’s leading cause of death among children under five Read more about New Technology in the Fight Against Pneumonia[…]

Ruthenium Based Antibacterials – Can this be useful in the fight against resistant bacteria?

A team of researches at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, have reported a new compound that displays the ability to kill both gram-positive and gram-negative antibiotic-resistant bacteria (1). PhD student Kirsty Smitten, Principal Investigator Jim Thomas, and their team in the Department of Chemistry first published their findings in Chemical Science in Read more about Ruthenium Based Antibacterials – Can this be useful in the fight against resistant bacteria?[…]

Can Bacteria be Used to Attack Tumors?

Bacteria are commonly considered a culprit leading to cancer. However, recent research suggests that some bacteria, being a potential enemy can also be a friend, and thus be utilized to create novel cancer therapeutics and treatments.(1, Figure 1) A great deal of research ahs centered on using bacteria to reduce the size of tumors. Tumors Read more about Can Bacteria be Used to Attack Tumors?[…]

The humble beginnings of Hardy Diagnostics

“Many people have asked me how I got started in business. First of all, you will need to know that our company, currently consisting of 430 co-workers, manufactures culture media that microbiologists use in the laboratory. Culture media is what we call the “bug food” that bacteria and fungi feast upon in order for microbiologists Read more about The humble beginnings of Hardy Diagnostics[…]

Blocking COVID with Antibodies

As the number of global coronavirus cases continues to increase beyond 20 million, there is an urgent need for treatment for those infected with SARS CoV2. Internationally, biotech companies are working feverishly towards developing a vaccine to reduce infection rates. However, it is still unclear when a final product will be released and to what Read more about Blocking COVID with Antibodies[…]

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