Researchers use glass to limit spread of drug-resistant bacteria

Dr. David J. Westenberg in the lab with Megan Ottomeyer, a Missouri S&T graduate who is now in medical school.

As G20 health experts meet this week to discuss the need for new antibiotics to combat drug-resistant bacteria, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are looking to an unusual material – glass – to limit the spread of drug-resistant bugs in humans. [Read more…]

Chemical transport in plants likened to that of humans

Matt A. Limmer, a doctoral student in environmental engineering (left) with Dr. Joel B. Burken, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Missouri S&T’s Environmental Research Center

Matt A. Limmer (left), a doctoral student in environmental engineering, works with Dr. Joel B. Burken, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Missouri S&T’s Environmental Research Center.

Plant roots and certain human membrane systems resist chemical transport in much the same way, say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology in a recent journal article. This similarity could make it easier to assess chemical risks for both people and plants, and may even lead to a new approach to testing medications.

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