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Ankyrins and Bacterial Symbionts

Ankyrin (ANK) repeats are one of the most common amino acid sequence motifs that mediate interactions between proteins of myriad sizes, shapes and functions. We assess their widespread abundance in Bacteria and Archaea for the first time and demonstrate in Bacteria that lifestyle, rather than ph... Read More

Recycled Plastic Proves Effective in Killing Drug-Resistant Fungi

Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research -- Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles. They have successfully con... Read More

Gut Reactions to Beneficial Bacteria

Q. When you eat yogurt or take a probiotic supplement, why aren’t the probiotic bacteria killed by stomach acids?

A. The point of consuming a probiotic supplement in a food like yogurt, a powder or a capsule is to introduce beneficial bacteria in the gut, said Dr. Christine Frissora, a gastro... Read More

CDC: 1 dead, 7 others sickened by listeria traced to cheese

At least eight people came down with listeria -- and one of them died -- after, authorities believe, eating "Hispanic-style cheese."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported the outbreak, which has affected people only of Hispanic descent and living in California or M... Read More

Neoscytalidium dimidiatum arthrospore


It is a well recognized uncommon cause of skin and nail infection of the hands and feet . Unlike Dermatophytosis these mould infections are not contagious. There are few reports of invasive infection caused by N. dimidiatum; most infections occurred in immunocompromised hosts. Arthrospores ar... Read More

Activated Eosinophils in Idiopathic Hypereosinophilic Syndrome

Activated eosinophils in the peripheral blood of a patient with idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome showing cytoplasmic clearing, nuclear dysplasia, and the presence of immature forms (100x magnification). Credit: NIAID Taken on June 24, 2013 @http://www.flickr.com/photos/niaid/9125007255/

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New substance effectively combats multi-resistant bacteria

In Europe alone, more than 25,000 people die each year from infections caused by multi-resistant bacteria. Researchers from University of Copenhagen have now developed and characterized a substance that quickly and effectively kills the virulent bacteria. The substance employs a multifunctional ... Read More

Critical tool for brain research derived from 'pond scum'

The poster child for basic research might well be a one-celled green algae found in ordinary lakes and ponds. Amazingly, this unassuming creature—called Chlamydomonas—is helping scientists solve one of the most complex and important mysteries of science: How billions of neurons in the brain inte... Read More

Bacteria and fat: a 'perfect storm' for inflammation

Making fat cells immortal might seem like a bad idea to most people, but for a team of University of Iowa scientists it was the ideal way to study how the interaction between bacteria and fat cells might contribute to diabetes.

The connection between fat, bacteria, and diabetes is inflammatio... Read More

PathoGenetix Research Shows Rapid Identification of Multiple Salmonella Serovars in Food Samples

New research presented at the 4th American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Conference on Salmonella today demonstrates culture-independent identification and strain typing of multiple Salmonella serotypes directly from enriched food samples using PathoGenetix’s Genome Sequence Scanning (GSS) tech... Read More

Dr. Roy Curtiss, Biodesign Institute, "Turning a Foe into a Friend"

This video submission for the ASM Global Video Challenge highlights the impact of Salmonella-based vaccines on human health. Read More

Hospital Water Taps Contaminated With Bacteria

New research finds significantly higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. Contaminated water poses an increased risk for infection in immunocompromised patients. The study was published in the February iss... Read More

Flu deaths in North Carolina rise to 64

North Carolina could be looking at a record year for flu deaths, or at the very least a near record year. North Carolina health officials released new flu numbers Friday, saying seven more people have died in the last week. That brings the total number of deaths from flu-related complications th... Read More

Salmonella Jams Signals from Bacteria-Fighting Mast Cells

A protein in Salmonella inactivates mast cells -- critical players in the body's fight against bacteria and other pathogens -- rendering them unable to protect against bacterial spread in the body, according to researchers at Duke Medicine and Duke-National University of Singapore (Duke-NUS).

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Norovirus Vaccine Reduces Symptoms of Illness by More Than Half

An investigational vaccine appears generally well tolerated and effective against the most common strain of norovirus, reducing the main symptoms of the gastrointestinal (GI) infection, vomiting and/or diarrhea, by 52 percent, suggests research being presented at IDWeek 2013™.

Currently, ther... Read More

NTU scientists discover potential vaccine for malaria

Scientists from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have discovered a key process during the invasion of the blood cell by the Malaria parasite, and more importantly, found a way to block this invasion.

With this new knowledge, NTU is looking to collaborate with the industry on... Read More

HELPER CELLS APTLY NAMED IN BATTLE WITH INVADING PATHOGENS

By tracking the previously unknown movements of a set of specialized cells, Whitehead Institute scientists are shedding new light on how the immune system mounts a successful defense against hostile, ever-changing invaders.

Central to the immune response is the activity inside structures know... Read More

Knitted bacterium tour Glasgow to drum up more woolly bugs for world record bid

Glasgow’s army of knitters are being asked to craft a friend for the bug, who has been snapped throughout the city looking for other microbes to play with. The smiling bacteria has been pictured on Buchanan Street, by the Science Centre and outside Central Station. The microbe is part of a world... Read More

Bacterium Reverses Autism-Like Behavior in Mice

Doses of a human gut microbe helped to reverse behavioral problems in mice with autism-like symptoms, researchers report today in Cell. The treatment also reduced gastrointestinal problems in the animals that were similar to those that often accompany autism in humans.

The work builds on prev... Read More

You Say Potato, I Say Double-Stranded RNA

Amidst the outrage, puzzlement and theories caused by the finding of genetically-modified wheat in an Oregon field, USDA is considering whether to commercialize another dinnertime staple–the potato.

Last month, Idaho-based J.M. Simplot asked the Agriculture Department to grant a deregulated s... Read More

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