Bacteria looking like “submarines” may help to fight cancer

Bacteria sonars

Not all bacteria come to harm: some can even be used to fight cancer. Then, it might be helpful to monitor their activity in the organism: where are they? what are they doing? That is what we need to “ask” them. In a study published in Nature, scientists from California Institute of Technology realized bacteria equipped with miniaturized “sonar”. The genetically modified microorganisms look like “submarines”: yet they do not travel underwater, but in our body.

Combating mosquitoes without insecticides: a job for bacteria


Summer: sun, holidays but also... mosquitoes! At the top of the list of the most annoying animals, the tiger mosquito has been tormenting Italian people for about 30 years. Since then, we have fought the stinging enemy with insecticides, lamps, sprays and coils, up to more sophisticated techniques such as genetic manipulation. Now researchers have recently discovered their weak point: tiger mosquitoes need a particular bacterium to reproduce.

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