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Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

AMI Images/SPL Phages (green) attack a bacterium (orange). Researchers are hoping to use engineered versions of these viruses to fight antibiotic resistance.Genetically modified viruses that cause bacteria to kill themselves could be the next step in . Several companies have engineered such viruses, called bacteriophages, to use the CRISPR gene-editing system to kill specific bacteria, according to a presentation at the CRISPR 2017 conference in Big Sky, Montana, last week. These companies could begin clinical trials of therapies as soon as next year. Initial tests have saved mice from...

June 22, 2017
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New Arkansas Law—and Similar Bills—Endanger Transgender Youth, Research Shows

New Arkansas Law—and Similar Bills—Endanger Transgender Youth, Research Shows

Arkansas this week became the first state to ban physicians from giving hormones or puberty-delaying drugs to transgender people under age 18. Doctors who do so could be stripped of their licenses and sued. The law is called the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act. It became official on Tuesday afternoon, when the state’s Republican-controlled legislature voted to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s attempted veto.Nineteen other states have introduced similar legislation, and some of the bills outline strict penalties. Under one that passed Alabama’s Senate in March, physicians...

Apr 10
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Covid-Inspired Montana Health Insurance Proposal Wouldn’t Kick In for 2 Years

Covid-Inspired Montana Health Insurance Proposal Wouldn’t Kick In for 2 Years

[UPDATED at 1 p.m. ET]For employees of small businesses in Montana suddenly laid off during the covid-19 pandemic, maintaining health insurance coverage could be a struggle.This story also ran on . It can beEmployers with 20 or more workers offer a bridge insurance program made possible by a federal law known as the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA. The law allows people who have left a job voluntarily or involuntarily to keep their former employer’s health insurance plan for 18 months by paying the premium that the employer used to cover.But smaller Montana...

Mar 19
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Native Americans Use Technology to Keep Traditions, Language Alive During Pandemic

Native Americans Use Technology to Keep Traditions, Language Alive During Pandemic

This story also ran on . It can beWOLF POINT, Mont. — Lawrence Wetsit misses the days when his people would gather by the hundreds and sing the songs that all Assiniboine children are expected to learn by age 15.“We can’t have ceremony without memorizing all of the songs, songs galore,” he said. “We’re not supposed to record them: We have to be there. And when that doesn’t happen in my grandchildren’s life, they may never catch up.”Such ceremonial gatherings have been scarce over the past year as Native American communities like Wetsit’s isolate to protect their elders during the covid-19...

Feb 9
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Health Officials Fear Pandemic-Related Suicide Spike Among Native Youth

Health Officials Fear Pandemic-Related Suicide Spike Among Native Youth

December 22, 2020WOLF POINT, Mont. — Fallen pine cones covered 16-year-old Leslie Keiser’s fresh grave at the edge of Wolf Point, a small community on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation on the eastern Montana plains.Leslie, whose father is a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, is one of at least two teenagers on the reservation who died by suicide this summer. A third teen’s death is under investigation, authorities said.Leslie’s mother, Natalie Keiser, was standing beside the grave recently when she received a text with a photo of the headstone she had ordered.She looked at...

Dec 22
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Leading Scientists Urge Voters to Dump Trump

Leading Scientists Urge Voters to Dump Trump

Science has long considered itself to be an apolitical enterprise. But in the midst of a global pandemic and with the 2020 election looming, some scientific institutions and elite journals have suddenly become willing to take a political stance against President Donald Trump and his allies.On October 8, for instance, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) jumped into the fray for the with an unprecedented . Although it stopped short of endorsing Democratic candidate Joe Biden, the article labeled people running the current administration “dangerously incompetent” and added that “we...

October 16, 2020
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