Dr. Lu, an associate professor in biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found a new potential way to kill superbugs with a DNA editor called Crispr-Cas9. Dr. Lu said: “is is basically a molecular scissor” that can snip bacterial genes that make bacteria drug-resistant, killing the bug in the process. The technology combines bacteriophages and Crispr-Cas9 to target drug-resistant genes. @ https://www.wsj.com/articles/could-crispr-help-to-knock-out-superbugs-1512469800
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology an associate professor in biological engineering is researching ways to kill superbugs with a biological tool called Crispr-Cas9 that edits DNA. This combination of gene editing and viruses that attack bacteria could help scientists fight antibiotic resistance.
Spicely Organics Recalls Organic Tarragon Because Of Salmonella
Organic Spices, Inc. of Fremont, CA recalls 0.4 oz. Organic Tarragon 0.4oz (11g) glass jars with black caps, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA discovered the possible contamination through routine sampling, which revealed that the raw material used in the product contained Salmonella. @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580600.htm
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is proposing to extend the compliance dates by approximately 1.5 years for the final rules providing updated nutrition information on the label of food, including dietary supplements; defining a single-serving container; requiring dual-column labeling...
Office of Inspector General: FDA – Needs to Inspect US Food Facilities More
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends that FDA
(1) Improve how it handles attempted inspections to ensure better use of resources, (2) take appropriate action against all facilities with significant inspection violations, (3) Improve the timeliness of its actions so that facilities do not continue to operate under harmful conditions, and (4) Conduct timely follow-up inspections to ensure that significant inspection violations are corrected. FDA concurred with all four recommendations. @ http://www.marlerblog.com/files/2017/09/Food-Safety-InspectionsRpt.pdf
Research at the University of York has revealed that genes are controlled by ‘nano footballs’ — structures
The researchers discovered that transcription factors operate not as single molecules as was previously thought, but as a spherical football-like cluster of around seven to ten molecules of roughly 30 nanometres in diameter. The discovery of these nano footballs will not only help researchers understand more about the basic ways in which genes operate @ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170925111215.htm
Bacteria never swim alone. Flocking behavior in animals seemingly arises spontaneously in a group of independent individuals without a clear leader. This behavior occurs among all types of organisms, from bacteria to people. One hypothesis, therefore, is that there are fundamental principles for flock building that are not dependent on single individuals @ http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/2017/08/bacteria-never-swim-alone.html
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