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Could dark carbon be hiding the true scale of ocean 'dead zones'?
The impact of climate change on the world's oceans is becoming increasingly known but new research suggests current computer models could be omitting a crucial piece of evidence when it comes to assessing the scale of ocean dead zones. (2019-12-10)
RNA modification -- Methylation and mopping up
Ludwig-Maximilian-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers have discovered a novel type of chemical modification in bacterial RNAs. (2019-12-09)
CRISPR-resistant viruses build 'safe rooms' to shield genomes from DNA-dicing enzymes
Scientists at UC San Francisco and UC San Diego have discovered a remarkable new strategy that some phages employ to avoid becoming the next casualty of these DNA-dicing enzymes: after they infect bacteria, these phages construct an impenetrable ''safe room'' inside of their host, which protects vulnerable phage DNA from antiviral enzymes. (2019-12-09)
USC scientists show evolutionary principle in microbes of offshore Southern California
USC marine scientists show Red Queen evolutionary principle at work offshore Southern California. (2019-12-09)
Researchers identify 'Achilles' heel' of drug-resistant superbug
Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have identified a protein that allows vancomycin-resistant enterococci, a deadly superbug, to defy antibiotic treatment and immune system attacks. (2019-12-09)
Physical forces affect bacteria's toxin resistance, study finds
A random conversation between two Cornell researchers at a child's birthday party led to a collaboration and new understanding of how bacteria resist toxins, which may lead to new tools in the fight against harmful infections. (2019-12-05)
Dramatic transition in Streptomyces life cycle explained in new discovery
Streptomyces bacteria are our primary source of antibiotics, which are produced in the transition from vegetative growth to sporulation in a complex developmental life cycle. (2019-12-03)
Healing power of honey
Sandwiching nano-layers of manuka honey between layers of surgical mesh inhibits bacteria for up to three weeks as the honey is slowly released, new research shows. (2019-12-03)
Discovery of an unusual protein
Scientists from Bremen discover an unusual protein playing a significant role in the Earth's nitrogen cycle. (2019-12-02)
Revealed: The deadly superbugs lurking in more than nine in ten make-up bags
The vast majority of in-use make-up products such as beauty blenders, mascara and lip gloss are contaminated with potentially life threatening superbugs, new research from Aston University published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology has revealed. (2019-12-02)
A new way to control microbial metabolism
To help optimize microbes' ability to produce useful compounds but also maintain their own growth, MIT chemical engineers have devised a way to induce bacteria to switch between different metabolic pathways at different times. (2019-12-02)
Ancient microbes helped to keep Earth's early climate warm
Ancient ancestors of modern microbes played a critical role in setting the stage for life on a dimly lit early Earth, and in creating the world's largest iron ore deposits, according to new research. (2019-11-29)
How ancient microbes created massive ore deposits, set the stage for early life on Earth
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in forming the world's largest iron ore deposits billions of years ago. (2019-11-28)
Seeing the world's smallest universal joints
Researchers at Osaka University used electron cryomicroscopy to produce the most accurate images to date of the bacterial flagellar hook. (2019-11-27)
Once hidden cellular structures emerge in fight against viruses
A University of Arizona researcher describes how a cellular structure that was once lost to science combats attacks waged in the 'world's oldest war.' (2019-11-26)
New discovery in C. difficile biology could lead to treatments for dangerous infections
A process called sporulation that helps the dangerous bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) to survive inhospitable conditions and spread is regulated by epigenetics, factors that affect gene expression beyond the DNA genetic code, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report. (2019-11-25)
How diversity of respiratory quinones affects microbial physiology
A new study provides a fundamental understanding of the diversification of small molecules called respiratory quinones and its adaptive consequences in bacterial species. (2019-11-25)
Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands
Providing seeds with a protective coating that also supplies essential nutrients to the germinating plant could make it possible to grow crops in otherwise unproductive soils, according to new research at MIT. (2019-11-25)
Dangerous bacteria communicate to avoid antibiotics
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found a new survival mechanism for a commonly known type of bacteria. (2019-11-22)
Discovery paves the way for blocking malaria transmission in Brazil
Research that will be presented today at FAPESP Week France suggests that bacteria present in the intestine of the Anhopheles darlingi mosquito influence the development of the parasite that causes the disease in the insect's body and the chances of transmission to humans. (2019-11-22)
Interaction with fungus containing N2-fixing endobacteria improves rice nitrogen nutrition
Researchers have investigated the improvement of nitrogen nutrition in rice by interaction with the fungus Rhodotorula mucilaginosa and its N2-fixing endobacteria. (2019-11-22)
Bacteria-infecting viruses bind mucosal surface and protect from disease
Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, have been shown to preferentially bind to mucosal surfaces. (2019-11-22)
Researchers carry out simulation of a hospital outbreak
Researchers carried out a simulation of a hospital outbreak investigation using advanced genomic analysis technologies. (2019-11-21)
Turning to old remedies for new health challenges
The last thing anyone wants during a stay in the hospital is a hospital-acquired infection. (2019-11-21)
A new antibiotic to combat drug-resistant bacteria is in sight
An international team of researchers, with the participation of Giessen University and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), discovered a new active substance effective against gram negative bacteria that targets a previously unknown site of action: 'Darobactin'. (2019-11-21)
Magnesium deprivation stops pathogen growth
When pathogens invade the cells, our body combats them using various methods. (2019-11-21)
Melanin-producing Streptomyces are more likely to colonize plants
Recent research published in Phytobiomes Journal demonstrates that melanin-producing Streptomyces are more likely to colonize plants, which has been shown to be protective for many different organisms. (2019-11-20)
Deep-sea bacteria copy their neighbors' diet
A new group of symbiotic bacteria in deep-sea mussels surprises with the way they fix carbon: They use the Calvin cycle to turn carbon into tasty food. (2019-11-19)
Mapping the pathway to gut health in HIV and SIV infections
A UC Davis study found that Lactobacillus plantarum bacteria rapidly repaired damaged gut lining (known as leaky gut) in monkeys infected with chronic simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), an HIV-like virus. (2019-11-19)
Article proposes important mucin link between microbial infections and many cancers
In a review article, cancer biologists Pinku Mukherjee and Mukulika Bose argue that recent research suggests a mechanism that may implicate bacterial infections as important factors in epithelial cell cancers. (2019-11-18)
Dozens of potential new antibiotics discovered with free online app
A new web tool speeds the discovery of drugs to kill Gram-negative bacteria, which are responsible for the overwhelming majority of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths. (2019-11-18)
Antibiotics from the sea
The team led by Prof. Christian Jogler of Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, has succeeded in cultivating several dozen marine bacteria in the laboratory -- bacteria that had previously been paid little attention. (2019-11-18)
Superbug battle: Bacteria structure may be key to new antibiotics
Cornell researchers have uncovered the structure of a regulatory mechanism unique to bacteria, opening the door for designing new antibiotics targeted to pathogens. (2019-11-18)
How do MAIT cells identify and attack foreign invaders?
Melbourne researchers have identified what makes a specialized immune cell, known as mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT), cells boost their numbers and attack foreign invaders at the site of the infection. (2019-11-15)
Architecture of a bacterial power plant decrypted
Scientists from the Universities of Würzburg and Freiburg determined the structure of the bacterial enzyme cytochrome bd oxidase. (2019-11-14)
Genes borrowed from bacteria allowed plants to move to land
Natural genetic engineering allowed plants to move from water to land, according to a new study by an international group of scientists from Canada, China, France, Germany, and Russia. (2019-11-14)
Sugar binges increase risk of inflammatory bowel disease, study suggests
Short-term increases in sugar consumption could increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease and have a significant impact on our health, a new study out of the University of Alberta suggests. (2019-11-14)
Phage therapy shows promise for treating alcoholic liver disease
A team of researchers including those from King's College London and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, have for the first time successfully applied bacteriophage (phage) therapy in mice to alcohol-related liver disease. (2019-11-13)
Vaccine reduces likelihood of severe pneumonia
A new study has found severe pneumonia decreases by 35 per cent in children who receive a vaccine against a pneumonia-causing bacteria. (2019-11-12)
Bacteria may contribute more to climate change as planet heats up
As bacteria adapt to hotter temperatures, they speed up their respiration rate and release more carbon, potentially accelerating climate change. (2019-11-12)
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