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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)
Research brief: Surface protein editing in bacteria
UMN research delves into an unknown cell circuit in bacteria that can lead to new targets for antibiotics. (2019-05-07)
An army of micro-robots can wipe out dental plaque
A swarm of micro-robots, directed by magnets, can break apart and remove dental biofilm, or plaque, from a tooth. (2019-04-24)
New dispersion method to effectively kill biofilm bacteria could improve wound care
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a method to treat bacterial infections which could result in better wound care. (2019-04-23)
Three-antibiotic cocktail clears 'persister' Lyme bacteria in mouse study
A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a slow-growing variant form of Lyme bacteria caused severe symptoms in a mouse model. (2019-04-23)
Some viruses help protect harmful bacteria in CF patients, Stanford-led study finds
Chronic bacterial infections in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients are worsened by a previously unappreciated biological agent: a group of viruses that infect the bacteria. (2019-04-17)
New research identifies microbes that may reduce allergy-like reactions in many people
A small percentage of humans can suffer allergy-like reactions to certain varieties of ripened cheese due to histamine, a byproduct of the prolonged fermentation process. (2019-04-16)
Patent-pending probiotic could disrupt Crohn's disease biofilms
Probiotics typically aim to rebalance bacteria populations in the gut, but new research suggests they may also help break apart stubborn biofilms. (2019-04-03)
Harvesting water energy using slippery surfaces
Inspired by natural pitcher plant surface that exhibits a peculiar slippery property, a novel slippery lubricant-impregnated porous surface (SLIPS) based triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), referred to as SLIPS-TENG, is developed to efficiently harvest energy from the most abundant, affordable resource, water. (2019-03-27)
EPFL researchers make a key discovery on how alpine streams work
An EPFL study has showed that until now, scientists have been substantially underestimating how quickly gases are exchanged between mountain streams and the atmosphere. (2019-03-18)
THOR wrangles complex microbiomes into a model for improving them
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin developed a community they named THOR, three species of bacteria isolated from soybean roots and grown together. (2019-03-08)
Germ-fighting catheter coating may help prevent infections
In an innovation that may ultimately help to prevent deadly bloodstream infections, a team of biomedical engineers and infectious disease specialists at Brown University developed a coating to keep intravascular catheters from becoming a haven for harmful bacteria. (2019-03-07)
Healthier dairy products with bacterial films and nanofiber membranes
Bacterial biofilms are typically the target of heavy-duty cleaning regimens, but these films aren't always bad news. (2019-03-06)
Electrifying wound care: Better bandages to destroy bacteria
Bandages infused with electricity can help heal wounds faster than typical bandages or antibiotics -- but for years, researchers have not really understood why. (2019-03-06)
Natural-based antibiofilm and antimicrobial peptides from microorganisms
The exploration of AMP and antibiofilm peptide (ABP) producer microorganisms brings with it a lot of challenges experimentally. (2018-12-31)
RNAIII (RIP) & Deriv. as potential tools for the treatment of S. aureus biofilm infections
S. aureus under the biofilm mode of growth is often related to several nosocomial infections, more frequently associated with indwelling medical devices (catheters, prostheses, portacaths or heart valves).The present paper will provide an overview on the activity and potential applications of RIP as biofilm inhibiting compound, useful in the management of S. aureus biofilm infections. (2018-12-14)
Researchers peel off slimy biofilms like old stickers
Slimy, hard-to-clean bacterial mats called biofilms cause problems ranging from medical infections to clogged drains and fouled industrial equipment. (2018-12-13)
Stanford researcher deciphers flows that help bacteria feed and organize biofilms
Figuring out how bacteria bring in nutrients could point to ways of killing them without poison. (2018-12-12)
How antibiotics help spread resistance
Bacteria can become insensitive to antibiotics by picking up resistance genes from the environment. (2018-11-27)
Improve hand hygiene and patient decolonization to help stem high-risk S. aureus transmission in the operating room
Adherence to proven protocols for disinfecting surgeons' hands, patients' skin, and operating room surfaces could help to halt the spread of dangerous Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) pathogens in the operating room and beyond, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2018-11-27)
Living electrodes with bacteria and organic electronics
Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linkoping University, have together with colleagues at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, developed a method that increases the signal strength from microbial electrochemical cells by up to twenty times. (2018-11-26)
Scientists designed nanocontainers for bacterial metabolism control
Researchers from ITMO University developed special nanocontainers that can translate the light signal into metabolic changes in bacteria. (2018-11-23)
Stanford chemists develop a new way to treat antibiotic-resistant infections
Chemists have modified a common antibiotic to make it more effective at fighting off one common type of antibiotic-resistant bacterium, known as MRSA. (2018-11-05)
Novel antibacterial drugs developed at University of Eastern Finland
Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland have developed novel antibacterial compounds, focusing on the role of LsrK kinase. (2018-11-01)
Your showerhead slime is alive
A CIRES-led citizen-science study reveals lung-disease causing strains of bacteria are especially common in certain environments. (2018-11-01)
Off-patent drug appears promising as broad-spectrum antifungal
By screening a library of off-patent drugs, scientists have identified a compound with promising broad-spectrum antifungal activity. (2018-10-31)
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