New University of Liverpool research reveals that the immune response of farmed chickens does not develop fast enough to fight off Campylobacter during their short lifespan. The findings have important implications in the challenge towards developing a poultry vaccine for the bug, which is the UK's leading cause of food poisoning.
Scientists have begun to unlock the genetic code to understand how the lining of the bladder functions as a barrier to store urine – paving the way for possible new treatments for chronic bladder diseases such as interstitial cystitis and cancer. Using human cells, they have mapped how different proteins bind along the DNA to control which genes are active during barrier formation.
A new 3D system has been developed to enable researchers to more effectively study human infections in the laboratory. A diverse team of infectious disease researchers, engineers and bioinformaticians from the University of Southampton and University College London came together to better understand the bacteria that cause TB.