Long antibiotic treatments: slowly growing bacteria to blame
Whether pneumonia or sepsis – infectious diseases are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. One reason for this is the growing antibiotic resistance. But even non-resistant bacteria can survive antibiotics for some time, and that’s why treatments need to be continued for several days or weeks. Scientists at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel showed that bacteria with vastly different antibiotic sensitivity coexist within the same tissue. In the scientific journal Cell they report that, in particular, slowly growing pathogens hamper treatment.
This research was supported by SystemsX.ch RTD Project BattleX.
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Cellular traffic control system mapped for the first time
The transport routes of nutrients and messenger cargos can be compared to the traffic system of a city: A worldwide unique quantitative study of cell biologists of the University of Zurich shows that cells regulate the main routes, side routes and intersections by an intricate traffic control system, which guides the spatial and temporal distribution of substances within the cell. more»
Advanced Lecture Course 2014: "A Great Opportunity to Interact"
“The course was a great opportunity to interact with leading researchers in systems biology and to build up a network of contacts in this field”, said Leila Alexander from ETH Zurich. She was one of 120 PhD students and postdocs from 23 countries, who explored topics such as cellular decision making at the Advanced Lecture Course in Innsbruck, Austria, in March 2014. The course was supported by SystemsX.ch, ERASysAPP and BMBF.
10th Call for Proposals
SystemsX.ch, the Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology, is issuing its 10th call for project proposals. To read the call, please click here.
The focus of this 10th call is on:
- Medical Research and Development (MRD) Projects
- Transfer Projects
Submission deadline for the proposals of the 10th call is July 31, 2014.