Physicists at McMaster University have for the first time identified a simple mechanism used by potentially deadly bacteria to fend off antibiotics, a discovery which is providing new insights into how germs adapt and behave at a level of detail never seen before. The findings, published today in the journal Nature Communications Biology, could have […]Continue Reading ...
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 — Scientists say nearly 2,000 previously unknown types of bacteria in the human gut have been identified. The human gut hosts many species of microbes, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota. Scientists are working to identify the individual species and understand the roles they play in human health. While investigators […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 — Pumped breast milk might not be quite as good as milk that comes directly from Mom’s breast, a new study suggests. Researchers found that breast milk from women who pumped tended to have more potentially bad bacteria — and less abundance and diversity of friendly germs — than milk from […]Continue Reading ...
When antibiotics are used to treat bacteria susceptible to them, the treatment usually works. Nevertheless, the antibiotic chosen is sometimes ineffective. One of the reasons for this is heteroresistance, a phenomenon explored in depth by Uppsala and Emory University researchers in a new study. When a bacterial infection is suspected, samples are taken for analysis […]Continue Reading ...
Commensal bacteria (red) reside amongst the mucus (green) and epithelial cells (blue) of a mouse small intestine. Credit: University of Chicago New research shows that healthy infants have intestinal bacteria that prevent the development of food allergies. Researchers from the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Naples Federico II in Italy […]Continue Reading ...
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have taken another step forward in understanding the bacteria that are causing a devastating Salmonella epidemic currently killing around 400,000 people each year in sub-Saharan Africa. Published in the journal PLOS Biology and representing five years of work, researchers at the Institute of Integrative Biology have completed one of […]Continue Reading ...
TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 — Despite the terrifying plot lines of many a sci-fi film, there’s no need to worry that germs in space might transform into ferocious, malevolent microbes that threaten the human race. Quite the opposite, new research reveals. The harsh conditions of galactic travel don’t trigger genetic changes in bacteria that make […]Continue Reading ...
New research has revealed that microbes stranded in the International Space Station (ISS) have different genes from the equivalent bacteria on Earth. Whilst there have been many concerns about these microbes forming a new generation of “superbugs”, it now appears that the differences are making the bacteria more able to withstand the harsh conditions of […]Continue Reading ...
The bacteria responsible for tuberculosis can be killed by a toxin they produce unless it is neutralized by an antidote protein. The European team of scientists behind this discovery is coordinated by researchers from the Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology (IPBS–CNRS/UPS) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Their findings are published in Molecular […]Continue Reading ...
Sponsored Content by PittconFeb 13 2019 An interview with Dr. Ester Segal from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), discussing the development of a 2D silicon microarray that supports the growth of bacteria and fungi for rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) in the community. Dr. Segal will present her work at Pittcon 2019. Interview conducted […]Continue Reading ...
A Rutgers-led team has discovered two genes that make some strains of harmful Staphyloccocus bacteria resistant to treatment by copper, a potent and frequently used antibacterial agent. The discovery shows that Staphyloccocus aureus can acquire additional genes that promote infections and antibacterial resistance and may open new paths for the development of antibacterial drugs, according […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers from the Department of Biomedical Research of the University of Bern and the University Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine of the Inselspital Bern, Switzerland, have discovered that changes in the composition of the intestinal bacteria in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel disease affect the severity of the disease and the success of therapy. […]Continue Reading ...
Two new species of bacteria have been found in the blood of patients in China. The bacteria were found in the blood of two human patients during blood tests as part of routine medical care. The new bacteria, both of which are in the Enterobacter genus, were found to be resistant to multiple antibiotics. Enterobacter […]Continue Reading ...
Study identifies key step in spread of drug resistance, opportunity for intervention Spotless surfaces in hospitals can hide bacteria that rarely cause problems for healthy people but pose a serious threat to people with weakened immune systems. Acinetobacter baumannii causes life-threatening lung and bloodstream infections in hospitalized people. Such infections are among the most difficult […]Continue Reading ...
Under threat of being scrubbed away with disinfectant, individual bacteria can improve their odds of survival by joining together to form colonies, called biofilms. What Arnold Mathijssen, PhD, wanted to understand was how stationary biofilms find food once they’ve devoured nearby nutrients. Leading an international team of researchers in creating simulations of how fluids move, Mathijssen, […]Continue Reading ...
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