Editor’s Selections: Cell sorting with microfluidics, are phages the answer, and bacteria, biodiversity, and allergies

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By Vincent Racaniello

Vincent RacanielloVincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He unravels viruses at virology blog.

<img title=”Vincent Racaniello” src=”http://researchblogging.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/smallvincent.jpg” alt=”Vincent Racaniello” width=”47″ height=”47″ />Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He writes about viruses at <a href=”http://www.virology.ws” target=”_blank”>virology blog</a>.
  • There are many ways to sort cells according to biophysical properties such as size, density, morphology, and dielectric or magnetic susceptibility. A new sorting method is based on cell rolling, a phenomenon where a cell continuously forms and releases adhesive bonds with a surface under fluid flow.
  • Can bacteriophages be used to control antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens? Phage therapy has a checkered history but modern research may well overcome the limitations.
  • The human skin, our largest organ, harbors its own specific microbiome. The diversity of this population is higher in people who live in forests or agricultural areas, and correlates with reduced allergies.

I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.

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