Science News Roundup: Bacteria with antibiotic resistant genes found in Antarctica, scientists say; Ghanaian startup strives for greater African representation in cancer research and more

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Bacteria with antibiotic resistant genes found in Antarctica, scientists say

Bacteria in Antarctica have been discovered with genes that give them natural resistance to antibiotics and antimicrobials and have the potential to spread outside the polar regions, according to Chilean scientists. Andres Marcoleta, a University of Chile researcher who led the study in the journal Science of the Total Environment in March, said these “superpowers” that have evolved to withstand extreme conditions are contained in fragments of mobile DNAs that can easily be transferred to other bacteria.

Breakthrough infections may be less contagious; vaccine protection declines more rapidly in cancer patients

Here is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that deserves further study to corroborate the findings and that has not yet been certified by peer review. Pierced infections may be less contagious

Ghanaian startup aspires to greater African representation in cancer research

In the open-air kitchen of a small research clinic in Accra, Ghana’s capital, pathologist Kafui Akakpo carefully cut a piece of cancerous breast tissue into a sample smaller than a matchbox. Hundreds of other samples floated around him in plastic jars filled with formaldehyde, but this one would soon cross town on its way to Yemaachi Biotech, a Ghanaian research and diagnostics startup that Akakpo says could change. forever cancer studies in Africa.

Boeing Starliner capsule returns to Earth, capping key uncrewed test mission

Boeing Co’s Starliner astronaut capsule returned from the International Space Station and landed in New Mexico on Wednesday, capping off a high-stakes test flight as NASA’s next vehicle to carry humans into orbit. Less than a week after launching from the US Space Force base at Cape Canaveral in Florida, the CST-100 Starliner capsule plunged into Earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday evening before a parachute-assisted descent over the desert of White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico. It landed on time at 6:49 p.m. EDT (2249 GMT).

ESA does not anticipate Russian withdrawal from ISS

The European Space Agency does not expect Russia to end joint operation of the International Space Station (ISS) with the West, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher told Reuters on Wednesday. . The ISS, the largest man-made object in space, has been permanently manned since November 2000, operated by an international consortium led by the United States and Russia made up of five space agencies from 15 countries.

(With agency contributions.)

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