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They remember: Communities of microbes found to have working memory
Biologists studying communities of bacteria have discovered that these so-called simple organisms feature a robust capacity for memory. (2020-04-27)
Cholera studies reveal mechanisms of biofilm formation and hyperinfectivity
Free-swimming cholera bacteria are much less infectious than bacteria in biofilms, aggregates of bacterial cells that form on surfaces. (2020-04-20)
New therapy could combat persistent joint infections in horses
A new therapy could combat persistent joint infections in horses, potentially saving them from years of pain. (2020-04-06)
Clemson researchers unraveling role of fungi in early childhood dental health
Clemson University researchers have conducted a study that may someday lead to better cavity prevention measures and treatments. (2020-04-06)
Mechanical forces shape bacterial biofilms' puzzling patterns
Belying their slimy natures, the sticky patches of bacteria called biofilms often form intricate, starburst-like patterns as they grow. (2020-03-24)
Bacteria form biofilms like settlers form cities
Biofilms are composed of bacteria living in a densely packed and organized community. (2020-03-13)
New immunotherapeutic strategy shows promise in eradicating infectious biofilms
The same way baking soda breaks down grease and grime, making surfaces easier to clean, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University now show that a new therapeutic molecule can break apart communities of harmful bacteria, opening the way for bacteria-killing antibiotics to more effectively clear out infections. (2020-02-27)
Random gene pulsing generates patterns of life
Scientists working on the intersection between biology and computation have found that random gene activity helps patterns form during development of a model multicellular system. (2020-02-19)
Scientists examined bacterial cannibalism
Researchers from Sechenov University and their colleagues summarised the results of various studies devoted to the process that can be described as bacterial cannibalism. (2020-02-03)
Study shines light on spread of Candida auris
Candida auris is capable of forming high burden biofilms, which may help explain why this fungal pathogen is spreading in hospitals worldwide, according to a study published this week in mSphere, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2020-01-22)
Researchers discover new strategy in the fight against antibiotic resistance
Bioscience engineers from KU Leuven in Belgium have developed a new antibacterial strategy that weakens bacteria by preventing them from cooperating. (2020-01-14)
Bacteria shredding tech to fight drug-resistant superbugs
New technology uses nano-sized particles of magnetic liquid metal to shred bacteria and bacterial biofilm. (2020-01-13)
Leviathan polymer brush made with E. coli holds bacteria at bay
A lab accident produced a monster of a polymer brush, an emerging biocompatible material that staves off bacteria while coating and lubricating. (2020-01-13)
SMART and NTU researchers design polymer that can kill drug-resistant bacteria
Researchers from Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed an antimicrobial polymer that can kill bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics - a discovery that can pave the way for developing antibiotics to which bacteria are significantly less resistant. (2019-12-12)
Probiotic yeast may offer an effective treatment for drug-resistant fungal infections
Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) & the Central Food Technological Research Institute in India are studying the effect of probiotic yeast in preventing fungal infections. (2019-12-10)
Fighting bacterial infection with drug-eluting medical devices
Medical practitioners routinely outfit patients with devices ranging from cardiovascular stents, pacemakers, catheters, and therapeutic lenses to orthopedic, breast, dental, and cochlear implants and prostheses. (2019-12-05)
Researchers uncover early adherence step in intestinal transit of Shigella
The recent discovery of an early adherence step in the infection cycle could provide a new therapeutic target or even a new method for vaccine development. (2019-12-04)
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)
Exposure to e-cigarette vapor fails to induce pneumonia in mouse models
Exposure to e-cigarette vapor containing nicotine had no impact on the ability of Streptococcus pneumoniae strain TIGR4 to infect mouse models. (2019-12-02)
Researchers develop 'clever drugs for slimy bugs' in fight against staph infections
Bacterial biofilms that develop around golden staph infections make treatment difficult and prolonged, but QUT researchers have shown in laboratory work that the hybrid antibiotics they have developed can destroy staph biofilms. (2019-12-01)
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)
New disease hits corals
The emergence of a new coral disease in Micronesian reefs, termed grey-patch disease, is reported in the open-access journal Microbiome. (2019-11-21)
Hospital disinfectants struggling to kill C. diff bacteria colonies
The deadly superbug, Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), is putting up a winning fight against hospital-grade disinfectants meant to kill it, reports UH pharmacy professor Kevin Garey in a study that helps explain why C. diff is so hard to eradicate. (2019-11-06)
Bacterial lifestyle alters the evolution of antibiotic resistance
How bacteria live - whether as independent cells or in a communal biofilm - determines the course of their evolution, with implications for drug-resistant infections. (2019-10-23)
Bacteria contradict Darwin: Survival of the friendliest
New microbial research at the University of Copenhagen suggests that 'survival of the friendliest' outweighs 'survival of the fittest' for groups of bacteria. (2019-10-11)
Nanostructures help to reduce the adhesion of bacteria
Scientists has shown how bacteria adhere to rough surfaces at the microscopic level. (2019-10-10)
Engineered bacterial biofilms immobilizing nanoparticles enable diverse catalytic applications
Immobilization is considered a feasible strategy for addressing toxicity and nanomaterial pollution confronted by nano-catalysts in practical applications. (2019-09-20)
Researchers grow citrus disease bacteria in the lab
Being able to grow the elusive and poorly understood bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), will make it easier for researchers to find treatments for the disease that has destroyed millions of acres of orange, grapefruit and lemon groves around the world and has devastated the citrus industry in Florida. (2019-09-12)
Novel approach leads to potential sepsis prevention in burn patients
Abdul Hamood, Ph.D., from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and his collaborative team investigated the feasibility of developing a topical treatment unrelated to conventional antibiotics that can be used to battle Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (2019-09-03)
The kombucha culture
In response to this, Aktipis teamed up with other researchers to take all the pieces of the puzzle she had found in pre-existing literature and put them together see the bigger picture on how kombucha operates and how the different species of microbes interact and cooperate within. (2019-09-03)
Unusual mucous-like substance found buried within seafloor sediment
The location and microbial composition of recently found biofilms are challenging beliefs about methane diffusion. (2019-08-28)
Foodborne pathogen sheltered by harmless bacteria that support biofilm formation
Pathogenic bacteria that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and protected by harmless bacteria that are known for their ability to form biofilms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery could lead to development of alternative foodborne-pathogen-control strategies. (2019-08-21)
A hidden truth: Hospital faucets are often home to slime and biofilm
Hand hygiene is a critical component of infection prevention in hospitals, but the unintended consequences include water splashing out of a sink to spread contaminants from dirty faucets 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)
How flow shapes bacterial biofilms
EPFL biophysicists have taken a systematic look into how bacterial biofilms are affected by fluid flow. (2019-06-06)
Drug-resistant tuberculosis reversed in lab
About 1.5 million people died of tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, making it the most lethal infectious disease worldwide. (2019-06-03)
Microbes on explanted pedicle screws: Possible cause of spinal implant failure
In this paper, the authors demonstrate a significant association between pedicle screw loosening and the presence of low-virulent pathogens on spinal implants. (2019-05-28)
Light and nanotechnology prevent bacterial infections on medical implants
An ICFO and B. Braun Surgical, S.A. study published in Nano Letters and highlighted in Nature Photonics reports on a new technique that could prevent bacterial contamination and infection in medical implants by using light combined with gold nanoparticles. (2019-05-23)
IU researchers develop electric field-based dressing to help heal wound infections
Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have found a way to charge up the fight against bacterial infections using electricity. (2019-05-17)
Common food additive found to affect gut microbiota
Experts call for better regulation of a common additive in foods and medicine, as research reveals it can impact the gut microbiota and contribute to inflammation in the colon, which could trigger diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer. (2019-05-13)
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