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Steroid synthesis discovery could rewrite the textbooks
Steroids are essential molecules for life in all complex organisms such as animals and plants. (2018-11-26)
ISS microbes should be monitored to avoid threat to astronaut health
Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). (2018-11-22)
How to convert climate-changing carbon dioxide into plastics and other products
Rutgers scientists have developed catalysts that can convert carbon dioxide -- the main cause of global warming -- into plastics, fabrics, resins and other products. (2018-11-20)
Tropical fish adapt to cold temperatures in coordination with their microbiome
Scientists have discovered that tropical fish can control their gut microbes to better survive extremes of temperature, a study in eLife reveals. (2018-11-20)
Vanderbilt discovery could neutralize West Nile virus
Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have isolated a human monoclonal antibody that can 'neutralize' the West Nile virus and potentially prevent a leading cause of viral encephalitis (brain inflammation) in the United States. (2018-11-20)
Breakthrough in understanding how deadly pneumococcus avoids immune defences
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered a new and important function of a toxin produced by disease-causing bacteria that could have significant implications for future vaccine design. (2018-11-12)
Combination therapy promising against blindness-causing bacterial keratitis
Multidrug-resistant bacterial infections of the cornea are a leading cause of blindness and cannot be effectively managed with current ophthalmic antibiotics. (2018-11-12)
How pneumococci challenge our immune system
Pneumococci are the most common cause of respiratory tract infections, such as otitis and sinusitis, as well as of severe infections like pneumonia and meningitis. (2018-11-12)
ESCMID defines generic competencies in antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship
Experts from across Europe have developed a set of competencies in antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship, using a structured consensus procedure. (2018-11-09)
Warming oceans lead to more fur seal deaths from hookworm infection
Rising ocean temperatures are putting fur seal pups at greater risk of death from hookworm infections, according to new findings published in eLife. (2018-11-06)
Biomarkers may predict Zika-related birth defects
The highest risk of birth defects is from Zika virus infection during the first and second trimester. (2018-11-02)
Researchers discover potential antidote to botulism
Researchers have identified a compound that strongly inhibits botulinum neurotoxin, the most toxic compound known. (2018-11-02)
Researchers identify additional inoculation source for lambic beer production
Researchers in Belgium have identified an additional inoculation source - the wooden casks or foeders - for producing lambic beers. (2018-11-02)
Secrets of mighty cancer killing virus unlocked by Otago researchers
University of Otago researchers have used high-resolution electron microscopy images to reveal how an anti-cancer virus interacts with tumor cells, increasing its potential to save lives. (2018-10-29)
I will drink to that
Researchers at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) report a key signaling network for alcohol fermentation in sake yeast. (2018-10-26)
Researchers engineer dual vaccine against anthrax and plague
A team of researchers has now engineered a virus nanoparticle vaccine against Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis, tier 1 agents that pose serious threats to national security of the United States. (2018-10-16)
Researchers link gut bacteria to heart transplant success or failure
In a new study, researchers have found that the gut microbiome appears to play a key role in how well the body accepts a transplanted heart. (2018-10-04)
Study: Microbial dark matter dominates Earth's environments
Uncultured microbes--those whose characteristics have never been described because they have not yet been grown in a lab culture--could be dominating nearly all the environments on Earth except for the human body, according to a new study published in mSystems. (2018-09-25)
Researchers explore how changes in diet alter microbiome in artificial intestine
Using an artificial intestine they created, researchers have shown that the microbiome can quickly adapt from the bacterial equivalent of a typical western diet to one composed exclusively of dietary fats. (2018-09-21)
Study IDs why some TB bacteria prove deadly
A new study has found that the same mutation that gives TB bacteria drug resistance also elicits a different -- and potentially weaker -- immune response. (2018-09-17)
Microbiome serves as sentinel for nerve gas exposure
Exposure to banned nerve agents remains a major public health concern globally, especially because of the recent air-release of these agents in Syria. (2018-09-14)
Gut microbes' role in mammals' evolution starts to become clearer
An international collaboration led by scientists has made a key advance toward understanding which of the trillions of gut microbes may play important roles in how humans and other mammals evolve. (2018-09-13)
New bacterial strain named after Cornish discovery
A new bacterial strain will be named after Cornwall following its identification from a skin infection. (2018-09-11)
Cryptosporidiosis worsened in mice on probiotics
In an unexpected research finding infections with the intestinal parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, worsened in mice that had been given a probiotic. (2018-08-31)
EXP2 protein helps deadliest malaria parasite obtain nutrients during infection
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have deciphered the role of a key protein that the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum uses to obtain nutrients while infecting red blood cells. (2018-08-27)
Surprise finding in neurons
Do viruses trigger psychiatric disorders? A new Würzburg study suggests this conclusion. (2018-08-09)
Scientists shed new light on hepatitis B virus origins
Researchers have provided new insight on the geographical origins and global spread of two classes of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), according to a study in eLife. (2018-08-07)
Researchers find connection between viruses and inflammatory bowel disease
A study led by a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus reveals a key connection between viruses and inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. (2018-07-23)
Chemists characterize the fatal fungus among us
Life-threatening fungal infections affect more than two million people worldwide. (2018-07-19)
Getting to know the microbes that drive climate change
A new understanding of the microbes and viruses in the thawing permafrost in Sweden may help scientists better predict the pace of climate change. (2018-07-16)
Better methods improve measurements of recreational water quality
The concentration of enterococci, bacteria that thrive in feces, has long been the federal standard for determining water quality. (2018-07-13)
Researchers identify new compounds to treat RSV, Zika virus
A new and promising class of chemical compounds has major potential for treating Zika virus and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, according to a new study by University of Alberta scientists. (2018-07-11)
How Mycobacterium tuberculosis escapes death in macrophages
The bacteria that cause the devastating disease tuberculosis have the ability to escape destruction and grow after they are engulfed by lung macrophages, the immune cells that are supposed to destroy pathogens. (2018-07-10)
Research points to potential shortcoming of antibiotic lab tests
To determine which antibiotics reliably treat which bacterial infections, diagnostic laboratories that focus on clinical microbiology test pathogens isolated from patients. (2018-07-06)
Research suggests new vaccine candidates for malaria
Researchers have shown that higher levels of Plasmodium falciparum antibodies are protective against severe malaria in children living in Papua New Guinea. (2018-07-06)
Study: Fungi and bacteria grow on body implants
A body implant provides a new habitat for bacteria and fungi, a new study conducted at the University of Copenhagen reveals. (2018-07-03)
High prevalence of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in a VA healthcare system
Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing is rampant at primary care clinics within the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare system in Pittsburgh, despite the rise of antibiotic resistance. (2018-07-02)
New drugs to treat top infectious disease killer a possibility with Otago discovery
University of Otago researchers have discovered a novel property of a new anti-tuberculosis drug which may help develop more drugs to treat the top infectious disease killer in the world. (2018-07-02)
Simple sampling method eases identification of foot and mouth disease outbreaks
Sampling the environment is an effective way to detect foot and mouth disease, according to a paper published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2018-06-29)
IDSA/ASM lab diagnosis guide helps health care providers
Advances in rapid molecular testing mean infectious diseases can be accurately diagnosed in minutes or hours rather than days or weeks and patients can receive appropriate treatment sooner. (2018-06-28)
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