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A strong immune response can be seen in this immunofluorescence image of lung tissue infected with pneumonia where immune cells are stained green and red. Image: Colin Buss

A simple urine test could diagnose bacterial pneumonia

Pneumonia, a respiratory disease that kills about 50,000 people in the United States every year. Rapid detection of pneumonia is critical for effective treatment, especially...
On the right, germination of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. On the left, the seeds remain dormant in the presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Germination: defeating bacteria with their own weapons

The seeds can block germination if the environmental conditions are unfavorable. But what happens when they are confronted with dangerous organisms within the surrounding soil? Scientists...