Phages Save CF Patient from Superbug (Abstract Science: May 4-10)
Also, Denver decriminalizes magic mushrooms and a NASA simulation experiment deals New York a “bad hand”
(Ashley Yeager, The Scientist, 5/8/19)
For the first time ever, doctors have treated a “superbug” infection in a teenage patient with a genetically modified virus. The patient, who has cystic fibrosis and recently underwent a lung transplant, was suffering from an antibiotic resistant strain of Mycobacterium. Her doctors administered modified phages, or viruses that infect bacteria, and monitored her liver for signs that the treatment was working. So far, her doctors say the infection is subsiding without indications that the bacteria has mutated to resist the phages.
(Ryan F. Mandelbaum, Gizmodo, 5/8/19)
A simulated asteroid strike resulted in NASA and other international space agencies accidentally destroying fake New York City during the annual IAA Planetary Defense Conference at the University of Maryland last week. Part of the simulation involved launching space vehicles into an asteroid that was headed for Denver, Colorado, in order to deflect the impact, but a part of the asteroid broke off and hit NYC. Only Staten Island survived.
(Esther Honig, NPR, 5/9/19)
With only 50.56% of the vote, Denver residents approved a ballot initiative to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. Much like cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms have been touted for their possible medicinal uses, such as depression treatment or curbing nicotine urges. Starting as soon as next year, possession of the mushrooms for personal use could be considered a low priority for Denver police.
— Stories Compiled by Senior Scientific Writer Mary Parker