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Waking up sleeping bacteria to fight infections
Researchers in the group of Jan Michiels (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology) identified a mechanism of how sleepy bacteria wake up. (2019-07-18)
The physiology of survival
Bacteria do not simply perish in hunger phases fortuitously; rather, the surrounding cells have a say as well. (2019-07-17)
Gut microbes protect against neurologic damage from viral infections
Gut microbes produce compounds that prime immune cells to destroy harmful viruses in the brain and nervous system, according to a mouse study published today in eLife. (2019-07-16)
Algae as a resource: Chemical tricks from the sea
The chemical process by which bacteria break down algae into an energy source for the marine food chain, has been unknown - until now. (2019-07-15)
Immune system effectiveness appears key to antibiotic success against persistent bacteria
Mathematical modeling suggests that the rate at which a patient's immune system clears slow-growing variants of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria is a key determinant of whether antibiotics can cure the infection. (2019-07-11)
Designing a diet to repair the gut after childhood malnutrition
Jeanette Gehrig and colleagues have designed a diet that can help digestive tracts damaged by acute childhood malnutrition develop a mature gut microbial community, necessary for proper growth and functioning. (2019-07-11)
New virus found in one-third of all countries may have coevolved with human lineage
Published in Nature Microbiology, a new study has investigated the origin and evolution of a virus called crAssphage, which may have coevolved with human lineage. (2019-07-11)
Preeclampsia risk may be reduced by a healthy high-fibre diet
New research suggests that gut bacteria could have an impact on the outcome of pregnancies with a high plant-based fibre diet recommended. (2019-07-10)
Researchers determine bacteria structure responsible for traveler's diarrhea
For the first time researchers have deciphered the near-atomic structure of filaments, called 'pili', that extend from the surface of bacteria that cause traveler's diarrhea. (2019-07-10)
Will your future computer be made using bacteria?
Graphene is a revolutionary nanomaterial, the discovery of which led to a Nobel Prize. (2019-07-10)
New antibiotics developed by Inserm and Université de Rennes 1
Prof. Brice Felden and his team at the Inserm and Université de Rennes 1 'Bacterial Regulatory RNAs and Medicine' joint laboratory (U1230) has developed two new antibiotics that do not trigger resistance when they are used to treat infection in mice. (2019-07-09)
Fall in GP antibiotic prescribing has been slowest for older patients and those with an unclear diagnosis
GP in England are prescribing fewer antibiotics and when they prescribe them they are increasingly choosing drugs that target a narrow range of organisms rather than broad spectrum antibiotics, suggests new research from King's College London published online in BMJ Open. (2019-07-09)
'Curvy bacteria' weigh the benefits of different shapes
Research by scientists into why some bacteria have different shapes has found that a curved shape can make it easier to find food. (2019-07-08)
Scientists discover origin of cell mask that hides stomach cancer
In a recent study, researchers from Hiroshima University have uncovered the origin of a layer of cells that look like normal stomach lining on top of sites of stomach cancer: it is produced by the cancer tissue itself. (2019-07-08)
Bacteria associated with hospital infections are found in raw meat
Bacteria of the Acinetobacter ACB complex, which are frequently acquired in hospital settings, can also be found in beef meat, according to a study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by 'la Caixa' and performed with meat samples from markets in Lima, Peru. (2019-07-08)
Investigating the role of the nasal flora & viral infection on acquisition of Pneumococcus
Researchers at LSTM, along with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and the University Medical Center Utrecht have looked at the impact of the natural microbial flora or microbiota in the nose and viral co-infection on pneumococcal acquisition in healthy adults. (2019-07-08)
A common gut virus that maps our travels
This benign virus changes as we travel, is found in two-thirds of the world's population, and has deep implications for future drug delivery and personalized medicine. (2019-07-08)
Global survey shows crAssphage gut virus in the world's sewage
A global survey shows that a family of gut bacteria viruses called crAssphage is found in people -- and their sewage -- all over the world. (2019-07-08)
Scientists' warning to humanity: Microbiology and climate change
When it comes to climate change, ignoring the role of microorganisms could have dire consequences, according to a new statement issued by an international team of microbiologists. (2019-07-08)
World first: Homing instinct applied to stem cells show cells 'home' to cardiac tissue
In a world first, scientists have found a new way to direct stem cells to heart tissue. (2019-07-03)
New study unravels protection mechanism in bacteria
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have shed fresh light on the mechanism used by certain types of bacteria to protect themselves against attack. (2019-07-03)
Glow reveals dangerous bacteria
Salmonella and listeria are among the most widely distributed and deadliest causes of foodborne infections. (2019-07-02)
Antibiotics weaken flu defenses in the lung
Antibiotics can leave the lung vulnerable to flu viruses, leading to significantly worse infections and symptoms, finds a new study in mice led by the Francis Crick Institute. (2019-07-02)
A bacteria likely to reduce the cardiovascular risks of 1 in 2 people
University of Louvain conducted the first pilot study in humans to observe the impact of the bacteria Akkermansia. (2019-07-01)
Scissors get stuck -- another way bacteria use CRISPR/Cas9
Before humans repurposed it as a gene editing tool, CRISPR/Cas9 was a sort of internal immune system bacteria use to defend themselves against phages. (2019-07-01)
Controlling deadly malaria without chemicals
Scientists have finally found malaria's Achilles' heel, a neurotoxin that isn't harmful to any living thing except Anopheles mosquitoes that spread malaria. (2019-06-28)
An improved vaccine for bacterial meningitis and bloodstream infections
Researchers have now developed a new vaccine, a native outer membrane vesicle (NOMV) vaccine, for meningitis and bloodstream infections caused by 'meningococcal group B' bacteria. (2019-06-28)
Goat milk formula could benefit infant gut health: Study
Research suggests goat milk infant formula has similar prebiotic properties to breast milk and could play a role in supporting healthy gut function in infants. (2019-06-27)
New method reveals how well TB antibiotics reach their targets
Scientists have developed a new technique that enables them to visualise how well antibiotics against tuberculosis (TB) reach their pathogenic targets inside human hosts. (2019-06-27)
Sea slugs use algae's bacterial 'weapons factory' in three-way symbiotic relationship
The sea slug Elysia rufescens fights predators by wielding toxic chemicals that it acquires from eating algae. (2019-06-27)
Robot arm tastes with engineered bacteria
A robotic gripping arm that uses engineered bacteria to 'taste' for a specific chemical has been developed by engineers at UC Davis and Carnegie Mellon University. (2019-06-26)
Interdisciplinary approach decreases broad spectrum antibiotic usage
An interdisciplinary approach to antimicrobial stewardship involving comprehensive blood culture identification (BCID) testing decreased broad spectrum antibiotic use, according to new research presented last week in Philadelphia at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). (2019-06-26)
Symbiotic upcycling: Turning 'low value' compounds into biomass
Kentron, a bacterial symbiont of ciliates, turns cellular waste products into biomass. (2019-06-25)
How gastric stem cells fight bacteria
Stem cells are not only key players in tissue regeneration, they are also capable of taking direct action against bacteria. (2019-06-25)
Multiresistant intestinal bacteria spread widely in Vietnamese hospitals
Around half of patients admitted to hospital in Vietnam are carriers of multiresistant intestinal bacteria, which are resistant to carbapenems, a group of broad-spectrum antibiotics. (2019-06-25)
'Good' bacteria may prevent -- and reverse -- food allergy
A study by scientists at Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, published today in Nature Medicine, makes a strong case that the national epidemic of food allergy is caused by the absence of certain beneficial bacteria in the human gut. (2019-06-24)
Prolonged transmission of a resistant bacterial strain in a Northern California hospital
Researchers have used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to demonstrate transmission of a single bacterial strain that possessed a carbapenem-resistance gene in a northern California hospital. (2019-06-23)
Cannabidiol is a powerful new antibiotic
New research has found that Cannnabidiol is active against Gram-positive bacteria, including those responsible for many serious infections (such as Staphyloccocus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae), with potency similar to that of established antibiotics such as vancomycin or daptomycin. (2019-06-23)
The solution to antibiotic resistance could be in your kitchen sponge
Researchers from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) have discovered bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, living in their kitchen sponges. (2019-06-23)
Ocean swimming alters skin microbiome, increasing vulnerability to infection
Swimming in the ocean alters the skin microbiome and may increase the likelihood of infection, according to research presented at ASM Microbe 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. (2019-06-22)
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