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Neonatal exposure to antigens of commensal bacteria promotes broader immune repertoire
Researchers have added fresh evidence that early exposure to vaccine-, bacterial- or microbiota-derived antigens has a dramatic effect on the diversity of antibodies an adult mammal will have to fight future infections by pathogens. (2020-07-09)
Bad E. coli we know, but good E. coli?
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine say E. coli Nissle may protect human cells against other more pathogenic strains of E. coli such as E. coli 0157:H7, which is commonly associated with contaminated hamburger meat. (2020-07-07)
Researchers identify N95 respirator decontamination method using microwave-generated steam
N95 respirators are recommended by the CDC as the ideal protection method from COVID-19 and, although traditionally single-use, PPE shortages have necessitated the need for reuse. (2020-06-25)
COVID-19: Bacteriophage could decrease mortality
Bacteriophage can reduce bacterial growth in the lungs, limiting fluid build-up. (2020-06-24)
Asymptomatic COVID-19 patients also contaminate the environment
Both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients have the capability of contaminating their surroundings, according to a new study published in mSphere, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2020-06-24)
SARS-CoV-2: New insights on antibody testing and RNA testing
Two types of tests are used to track SARS-CoV-2. Reverse transcriptase PCR (rt-PCR) tests for current infection. (2020-06-22)
MMR vaccine could protect against the worst symptoms of COVID-19
Administering the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine could serve as a preventive measure to dampen septic inflammation associated with COVID-19 infection, say a team of experts in this week's mBio, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2020-06-19)
COVID-19 may have consequences for mental health
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be adversely affecting mental health among hospitalised patients, the healthcare professionals treating them and the general population. (2020-06-18)
Virus co-opts immune protein to avoid antiviral defences
By discovering a trick the hepatitis C virus uses to evade the immune system, scientists have identified a new antiviral defence system that could be used to treat many virus infections, according to new research published today in eLife. (2020-06-16)
Potential high-risk clones identified among S. maltophilia strains in European hospitals
UAB researchers, based on a collection of clinical isolates from several countries, have established a link between the cell-to-cell communication system (the quorum sensing) and the virulence and resistance phenotypes in Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. (2020-06-10)
Small study demonstrates sample inactivation may lead to SARS-CoV-2 false negatives
A team of investigators led by Chaofeng Ma of Xi'an Center for Disease Control and Prevention hypothesized that viral inactivation may contribute to false negatives. (2020-06-02)
New gut-brain link: How gut mucus could help treat brain disorders
Gut bacterial imbalance is linked with many neurological disorders. Now researchers have identified a common thread: changes in gut mucus. (2020-05-29)
Sugar turns brown algae into good carbon stores
Brown algae are important players in the global carbon cycle by fixing large amounts of carbon dioxide and thus extracting this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. (2020-05-26)
USF researchers find human-driven pollution alters the environment even underground
The Monte Conca cave system in Sicily is showing signs of being altered by pollution from above. (2020-05-08)
Two drugs show promise against COVID-19
Korean researchers have screened 48 FDA-approved drugs against SARS-CoV-2, and found that two, that are already FDA-approved for other illnesses, seem promising. (2020-05-04)
Synthetic antibodies built with bacterial superglue could help fight emerging viruses
Synthetic antibodies constructed using bacterial superglue can neutralise potentially lethal viruses, according to a study published on April 21 in eLife. (2020-04-28)
Researchers develop breakthrough antibody test for COVID-19 virus
A recent article published in Current Protocols in Microbiology details a breakthrough antibody test for COVID-19. (2020-04-24)
New ethane-munching microbes discovered at hot vents
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen have discovered a microbe that feeds on ethane at deep-sea hot vents. (2020-04-21)
Large population study links blood infection with certain bacteria to increased risk of colorectal cancer
New research due to be presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) shows a link between blood infections with certain anaerobic bacteria and the risk of developing colorectal cancer. (2020-04-20)
Individual genetic variation in immune system may affect severity of COVID-19
Genetic variability in the human immune system may affect susceptibility to, and severity of infection by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus responsible for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (2020-04-17)
Scientists provide new insight on how bacteria share drug resistance genes
Researchers have been able to identify and track the exchange of genes among bacteria that allow them to become resistant to drugs, according to a new study published today in eLife. (2020-04-14)
Breastfeeding may lead to fewer human viruses in infants
Even small amounts of breastmilk strongly influences the accumulation of viral populations in the infant gut and provides a protective effect against potentially pathogenic viruses, according to researchers who examined hundreds of babies in a study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. (2020-04-14)
Coronavirus: Virological findings from patients treated in a Munich hospital
In early February, research teams from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, München Klinik Schwabing and the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology published initial findings describing the efficient transmission of SARS-CoV-2. (2020-04-03)
The value of diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2: When, whom, what and how often to test?
New research published in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, addresses the potential uses of two main types of tests SARS-CoV-2, nucleic acid amplification tests for viral RNA and antibody detection tests. (2020-03-28)
Researchers investigate potential treatments for COVID-19
The number of potential therapeutic options for treatment of COVID-19 is growing. (2020-03-26)
A possible treatment for COVID-19 and an approach for developing others
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease is more transmissible, but has a lower mortality rate than its sibling, SARS-CoV, according to a review article published this week in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (2020-03-26)
What can be learned from the microbes on a turtle's shell?
Research published in the journal Microbiology has found that a unique type of algae, usually only seen on the shells of turtles, affects the surrounding microbial communities. (2020-03-26)
Removing belly fat before it sticks to you
University of Cincinnati researchers are producing in the lab a human protein tasked with removing triglycerides from the blood stream. (2020-03-19)
Fecal microbiota transplants successfully treat patients with C. diff
A new study from the University of Birmingham has shown that fecal microbiota rransplants (FMT) are highly successful in treating patients with Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection. (2020-03-15)
Princeton researchers identify factors essential for chronic hepatitis B infection
A study published in the journal Nature Microbiology identified factors that the hepatitis B virus uses when establishing long-term infection in the liver. (2020-03-09)
Not only what you eat, but how you eat, may affect your microbiome
Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) found that post-stroke patients re-grow a healthy microbiota in their mouth and gut when they revert to normal food intake from tube feeding. (2020-03-03)
Sweet beaks: What Galapagos finches and marine bacteria have in common
Ecological niches are a concept well known from higher animals. (2020-02-19)
Eliminating viruses in our food with cranberries and citrus fruit
Fresh produce is a major vehicle for noroviruses, a group of viruses that are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in developed countries. (2020-02-19)
How malaria detects and shields itself from approaching immune cells
Malaria parasites can sense a molecule produced by approaching immune cells and then use it to protect themselves from destruction, according to new findings published today in eLife. (2020-02-18)
Right beneath the skin we all have the same bacteria
In the dermis skin layer, the same bacteria are found across age and gender. (2020-02-12)
Study: Diet makes a difference in fight against hospital-acquired infection
Popular diets low in carbs and high in fat and protein might be good for the waistline, but a new UNLV study shows that just the opposite may help to alleviate the hospital-acquired infection Clostridioides difficile. (2020-02-12)
Study finds innate protein that restricts HIV replication by targeting lipid rafts
A recent study from the George Washington University suggests that the innate protein AIBP restricts HIV-1 replications by targeting the lipid rafts the virus relies on. (2020-02-10)
Biomimetic optics: Effective substitute for eyes
Scientists at University of Tyumen (UTMN) have presented a large-scale study of biomimetic optics, liquid elements that effectively imitate eye functions for use in various fields of industry and medicine, as well as in biochemical and biometric analysis. (2020-02-06)
Novel coronavirus receptors show similarities to SARS-CoV, according to new analysis
The recent emergence of Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has put the world on high alert for transcontinental transmission, reminiscent of the outbreak of SARS -- also a coronavirus -- in 2002-2003. (2020-01-31)
Your gums reveal your diet
Sweet soft drinks and lots of sugar increase the risk of both dental cavities and inflammation of the gums -- known as periodontal diseases -- and if this is the case, then healthy eating habits should be prioritized even more. (2020-01-30)
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