Category: Research Bites

New Technology to Control Living Therapeutics with Drugs

Genetically-engineered cell therapies are poised to become some of the most potent weapons in our arsenal against cancer and immunological diseases. However, significant toxicity is sometimes associated with these therapies due to uncontrolled proliferation and activation of these cells. To address this, Jan and colleagues developed a chemical strategy whereby an FDA-approved drug could be used to control the activity of these cells, opening the door for a new generation of safer and more controllable cell-based therapies.

Antibiotics in our food?

Antibiotics are all something we have all taken at one point or another – but how many of us wonder about what happens to those antibiotics next? When we stop and think about it, we might start to realise how our actions are unintentionally impacting the environment around us.

Molecular tweezers pick viral membranes apart

While most scientists search for specific treatments for viruses like Ebola, Zika and SARS-Cov-2, non-specific methods can have broad impact. Researchers from the United States and Germany joined forces to make non-specific molecular “tweezers” that pluck pieces out of its membrane, leading to disintegrating and dead viruses.