Editor’s Selections: Cell sorting with microfluidics, are phages the answer, and bacteria, biodiversity, and allergiesJune 1st, 2012 Editor's Selections 18 Comments
Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He unravels viruses at virology blog.
- 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.