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Counting semi-viable bacteria in cheese
The Wageningen researcher Christine Bunthof has developed a direct method for counting bacteria in dairy products. The method not only distinguishes viable and non-viable bacteria but also semi-viable bacteria. These are too weak to divide, but still exhibit activity. The semi-viable bacteria play an important role in cheese ripening and therefore influence the taste. With the new counting... View News Article (2002-05-23)

Insects cultivate 'antibiotic-producing bacteria' in their antennae
Bacteria live in, on and around us and other organisms with sometimes very beneficial results. For the first time scientists have shown that one species of insect deliberately cultivates bacteria in its antennae in order to protect their larvae from fungal attack. View News Article (2007-04-02)

New plastic-like materials may say 'shhhh' to hush disease-causing microbes
Scientists are reporting success in a first attempt to silence the biochemical conversations that disease-causing bacteria use to marshal their forces and cause infections. View News Article (2010-05-13)

A chunky metabolism
Many bacteria break their metabolic processes into chunks. That may be logically tidy, but it's often metabolically inefficient. Researchers have now figured out the factors that tend to make bacteria more modular. View News Article (2008-05-30)

'Jekyll and Hyde' bacteria offer pest control hope
New research at York has revealed so-called 'Jekyll and Hyde' bacteria, suggesting a novel way to control insect pests without using insecticides. View News Article (2007-12-20)

Dust storms may carry bacteria to Japan from China
Bacteria found in soil around Tokyo are not indigenous to the area. A study published in the open access journal Saline Systems reveals a large proportion of salt-loving bacteria in non-saline soil around Tokyo. The researchers suggest that dust storms may have carried the bacteria from their natural habitats in China. View News Article (2005-10-20)

The structure of resistance
A team of scientists from the University Paris Descartes has solved the structure of two proteins that allow bacteria to gain resistance to multiple types of antibiotics, according to a report in EMBO reports this month. View News Article (2008-02-25)

How Bacteria get into Brains to Cause Meningitis
An international collaboration between medical researchers may have identified how meningitis causing bacteria cross from the blood into the brain, paving the way for new strategies to prevent this fatal disease, the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Meeting in Edinburgh heard today, Tuesday 8 April 2003. "Almost every known bacteria which attacks people could potentially cause... View News Article (2003-04-02)

Guidelines needed to prevent spread of infection in European hospitals
National and European guidelines to control the spread of vancomycin resistant enterococci should be drawn up before these bacteria become endemic in European hospitals, argue researchers in this week's BMJ. Vancomycin resistant bacteria have a low virulence but can cause serious infections in transplant patients or those in intensive care units. Infections are becoming increasingly common in... View News Article (2002-03-13)

Children with and without multiple sclerosis have differences in gut bacteria
In a recent study, children with multiple sclerosis had differences in the abundance of specific gut bacteria than children without the disease.  View News Article (2016-05-17)

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