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Lauren Gandy

Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Chemical Biology

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Lauren has authored 3 articles

Scientists have revised the recipe for the first gene and the origin of life

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New research finds that arabinonucleic acids accelerate RNA formation, making the RNA world hypothesis more plausible

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Fights are good for science. Just ask Elizabeth Nolan or Louis Pasteur

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Disagreements over Nolan's findings on slowing down bacteria are just part of a healthy scientific process

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Sometimes they make food ferment, but used in the right way, these bacteria can also be a preservative

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Lactic acid bacteria produce antibiotic-like compounds that kill off potentially harmful contaminants

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Scientists' new trick for tracking bacterial infections makes cell walls glow

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This technique allows doctors to tell the difference between two different kinds of inflammation

Color-changing band-aids show when patients are infected with superbugs

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These “sense-and-treat” bandages change color when in contact with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and then eliminate them

The mice most scientists use to study Alzheimer's aren't accurate

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A new Nature study shows that human and mouse brains with Alzheimer’s disease look and function differently

Ancient Egyptians were drinking beer that looked just like modern brews

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Researchers recently took a physical sample from the vats of Egypt’s oldest brewery establishment and analyzed the chemical components

Soon you can feel a little less guilty about enjoying that dill pickle with your meal

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Food scientists have designed a better brine, reducing the pickle's environmental impact

Is your gut microbiome stealing your drugs?

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New research identifies how our gut microbiomes interfere with the medications we take, and offers the possibility of medicine personalized to our gut bacteria.

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Scientists are producing data without sharing it with people who actually need it

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Paywalls and language barriers make results inaccessible for local managers and residents

Maria Gatta

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The bee microbiome can fight back against fungi that cause Colony Collapse Disorder

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Biocontrol may help bees where other interventions, like chemical pesticides, have failed

Lauren Sara McKee

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Scientists recreated a key step for the origin of life at hydrothermal vents

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Simulating alkaline environments from 3 billion years ago showed formation of precursor cells is possible

Cassie Freund

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A new combination of DNA, metal, and light could revolutionize drug discovery

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A new method is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than traditional processes

Teresa Ambrosio

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The gut microbiome can hit fast forward on Alzheimer's disease progression

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Male — but not female — mice had reduced amyloid beta plaques in the brain after antibiotic treatment

Jenna Sternberg

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Scientists have engineered a self-destruct button in bacteria

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Sneaky molecular biology tricks bacteria into killing themselves, in place of antibiotics

Molly Sargen

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