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balancing stress resistance SKN-1 gene
Instead of completely deactivating a gene in an all-or-nothing approach, partially curbing its responses could strike a healthier balance between fighting infection and maintaining metabolism. (Photo/Aleksandr Simonov, Shutterstock)

Nutrition or pathogen? Balancing healthy metabolism and stress resistance

A study led by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology indicates that the negative long-term effects of fighting off infections could be mitigated by tweaking how a specific gene directs cells to respond to stressors.

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antibiotic-resistant genes in recycled wastewater
As water shortages continue to increase, researchers are searching for ways to improve wastewater recycling. (Photo/Daria Shevtsova, Pexels)

Researchers discover antibiotic-resistant genes in recycled Southern California wastewater

A team led by USC Viterbi’s Adam Smith has found that purified water returned to Southern California aquifers often becomes contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a realization that could have major implications on the global water supply.