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Chemists Develop High-Throughput Method To Synthesize And Screen Novel Antibiotics
Chemists at the University of Cincinnati have developed a novel method for producing and screening potential antibiotics. (1997-09-08)
'Invisible' bacteria dupe the human immune system
Scientists at the University of York have characterized an important new step in the mechanism used by bacteria to evade our immune system. (2008-02-19)
New polymer research could boost probiotics industry
A protective delivery vehicle that shuttles friendly bacteria safely through the stomach to the intestines could provide a major boost for the probiotics industry. (2011-09-05)
How Campylobacter exploits chicken 'juice' highlights need for hygiene
A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites and the kitchen is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. (2014-11-13)
Newly discovered bacteria-binding protein in the intestine
Deficiency in a certain protein in the gastrointestinal tract has been shown to lead to both inflammation and abdominal fat accumulation in mice. (2016-12-08)
'Jailbreak' bacteria can trigger heart disease
Plaque-causing bacteria can jailbreak from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase your risk of heart attack says a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham. (2010-09-05)
Commonly used pain relievers have added benefit of fighting bacterial infection
Some commonly used drugs that combat aches and pains, fever, and inflammation are also thought to have the ability to kill bacteria. (2014-03-13)
Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
Highlights include glowing bacteria migrate on salmon and the dark side of good bacteria. (2003-11-18)
Nice Motor...Shame About The Smell
A study in Atlanta has found that thousands of cars are developing foul smells within two years of going on the road. (1998-05-28)
Antibiotics have long-term impacts on gut flora
Short courses of antibiotics can leave normal gut bacteria harboring antibiotic resistance genes for up to two years after treatment, say scientists writing in the latest issue of Microbiology, published on Nov. (2010-11-01)
The evolution of antibiotic resistance, on a plate
Researchers have developed a large culturing device to track the evolution of bacteria as they mutate in the presence of antibiotics, revealing that, surprisingly, the fittest mutants were not those most likely to infiltrate higher antibiotic concentrations. (2016-09-08)
Insect antibiotics - Resistance is futile!
Researchers at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered that Cecropin A, a member of a family of antibiotic proteins produced by insects, may kill bacteria and avoid resistance by entering bacterial cells and taking control of their genetic machinery. (2003-02-06)
Social networking is key to helping bugs spread, study shows
Fresh discoveries about how bacteria co-operate with each other when causing infection could help scientists identify animal diseases that might transmit to people. (2014-08-05)
First step to reduce plant need for nitrogen fertilizer uncovered
Nitrogen fertilizer costs US farmers approximately $8 billion each year, and excess fertilizer can find its way into rivers and streams, damaging the delicate water systems. (2013-09-27)
Leveraging bacteria in drinking water to benefit consumers
Contrary to popular belief, purified drinking water from home faucets contains millions to hundreds of millions of widely differing bacteria per gallon, and scientists have discovered a plausible way to manipulate those populations of mostly beneficial microbes to potentially benefit consumers. (2012-08-08)
How niffy nappies could help develop new weapons in fight against bacteria
Bacteria 'plan ahead' by tightening their belts to help them survive looming lean periods, researchers at Cambridge have discovered. (2014-04-02)
Shining a light on disease -- tracking light-emitting bacteria during infection
By attaching light-emitting genes to infectious bacteria in an experimental system, researchers at University College, Cork, Ireland, have been able to track where in the body the bacteria go -- giving an insight into the path of the infection process leading to the development of more targeted treatments (2009-09-08)
Beauty and bacteria: Slim, attractive men have less nasal bacteria than heavy men
Do attractive traits tell us anything about a person's reproductive health? (2014-02-18)
Unknown ocean bacteria create entirely new theories
The earth's most successful bacteria are found in the oceans and belong to the group SAR11. (2011-09-16)
New plastic-like materials may say 'shhhh' to hush disease-causing microbes
Scientists are reporting success in a first attempt to silence the biochemical conversations that disease-causing bacteria use to marshal their forces and cause infections. (2010-05-12)
Colorado State Scientists Tackle Genetic Makeup Of Obscure Bacteria
A pair of researchers at Colorado State University have begun two separate $1 million studies on what causes a bacteria found in soil, water and air to mysteriously single out AIDS patients as hosts for disease. (1997-11-21)
Antibiotics for the next generation
Under the looming threat of antibiotic resistance, scientists are working to develop the next generation of bacteria- destroying drugs. (2001-01-11)
Great increase seen in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in human colon
A gene that makes bacteria resistant to the antibiotic tetracycline has been found in 80 percent of bacteria normally found in the human colon, says a University of Illinois scientist who studied samples drawn recently from both healthy and hospitalized people. (1999-10-05)
Mortality rate is twice as high in patients with pneumonia caused by highly resistant bacteria
Patients suffering from hospital-acquired pneumonia caused by a type of bacteria that is highly resistant to virtually all antibiotics are twice as likely to die as patients infected with other, less resistant bacteria. (2006-07-31)
Tiny bugs in mealybugs have smaller bugs inside them
Like tiny Russian dolls, the mealybugs that infest your houseplants carry bacteria inside their cells that are themselves infected with another type of bacteria. (2002-08-27)
When faced with some sugars, bacteria can be picky eaters
Researchers have found for the first time that genetically identical strains of bacteria can respond very differently to the presence of sugars and other organic molecules in the environment, with some individual bacteria devouring the sugars and others ignoring it. (2014-07-08)
New methods for better purification of wastewater
Before wastewater reaches recipient waters, nutrients must be removed in order to avoid eutrophication and large algal blooms, which may result in serious damage to animal and plant life. (2012-03-05)
Bacteria supply their allies with munitions
Bacteria fight their competitors with molecular spear guns, the so-called Type VI secretion system. (2016-09-08)
Bleeding gums linked to heart disease
Bad teeth, bleeding gums and poor dental hygiene can end up causing heart disease, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. (2008-09-10)
Gut bacteria can manufacture defenses against cancer and inflammatory bowel disease
Bacteria in the human gut could produce substances that protect against colon cancer and provide therapy for inflammatory bowel disease. (2009-02-05)
Researchers discover how infectious bacteria can switch species
Scientists from the Universities of Bath and Exeter have developed a rapid new way of checking for toxic genes in disease-causing bacteria which infect insects and humans. (2008-10-09)
'Suicide Response' Gives Colorado State Researchers Important Clues On Preventing Bacterial Invasion In Crops Worldwide
A team of Colorado State University researchers have made an important breakthrough surrounding a class of bacteria that cause a host of diseases in crops worldwide but whose basic functions have eluded scientists for years. (1998-01-06)
'Naked Darth Vader' approach could tame antibiotic resistant superbugs
Rather than trying to kill bacteria outright with drugs, Université de Montréal researchers have discovered a way to disarm bacteria that may allow the body's own defense mechanisms to destroy them. (2012-08-23)
Study reveals role of 'peacekeeper' in the gut
A new study has shone a spotlight on the peacekeeping mechanisms in our intestines. (2013-08-08)
Flat bacteria in nanoslits
It appears that bacteria can squeeze through practically anything. In extremely small nanoslits they take on a completely new flat shape. (2009-08-17)
New study shows bacteria can use magnetic particles to create a 'natural battery'
New research shows bacteria can use tiny magnetic particles to effectively create a 'natural battery.' According to work published in journal Science on March 27, the bacteria can load electrons onto and discharge electrons from microscopic particles of magnetite. (2015-03-26)
Bacteria shown to suppress their antibiotic-resistant cousins
Researchers studying a dangerous type of bacteria have discovered that the bacteria have the ability to block both their own growth and the growth of their antibiotic-resistant mutants. (2015-05-12)
Viral proteins may prevent bacterial infections
Researchers from Rockefeller University are enlisting proteins produced by viruses in a novel strategy that may someday help prevent bacterial infections in hospitals and nursing homes. (2004-08-05)
Ocean currents disturb methane-eating bacteria
Bacteria that feed on methane can control its concentration once it is released from the ocean floor. (2015-05-04)
OHSU researchers reveal how bacteria crawl on surfaces
OHSU scientists have discovered how bacteria that cause diseases such as E. coli infections, diarrhea, meningitis, and gonorrhea are able to move over human mucosal surfaces to cause infection. (2000-09-14)
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