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Metal-Mining Bacteria Are Green Chemists

Microbes could soon be used to convert metallic wastes into high-value catalysts for generating clean energy, say scientists writing in the September issue of Microbiology.

Researchers from the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham have discovered the mechanisms that allow the... Read More

Swine flu drug in narcolepsy probe

"Potential link between swine flu vaccine and narcolepsy", ran the headlines last week reporting a spate of cases of the rare sleeping disorder in children. But anyone thinking of forgoing their regular flu vaccination as a result is being advised to think again.

Reports of possible links bet... Read More

For self-healing concrete, just add bacteria and food

Like living bone, concrete could soon be healing its own hairline fractures – with bacteria in the role of osteoblast cells. Worked into the concrete from the beginning, these water-activated bacteria would munch food provided in the mix to patch up cracks and small holes.

Concrete reinforced... Read More

Advanced Photon Source helps answer key questions about common cold virus

In a world where doctors can treat the most devastating illnesses, the common cold remains elusive.

That's because up until recently, scientists knew little about the viruses that spread this seasonal nuisance.

But that may be changing now that researchers have mapped one virus's atomic st... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 10 - Diet Defines Duodenal Dwellers

This episode: Diet might be the primary factor affecting gut microflora!

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Post questions or comments here, at the link above, or email to bacteriofiles@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! Read More

MTS57 - Forest Rohwer - Curing the Corals

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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 10 - Diet Defines Duodenal Dwellers

This episode: Diet might be the primary factor affecting gut microflora!

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Cryptococcus neoformans

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Altruistic bacteria may change how we battle antibiotic resistance

Some bacteria, the most antibiotic-resistance ones, sacrifice themselves so that their fellow bacteria have a better chance at survival.

Researchers working on the question of antibiotic resistant found that in an experimental Escherichia coli colony, the most antibiotic resistant bacteria in... Read More

Antibacterial Peptide Could Aid in Treating Soldiers' Burn Wound Infections

An antibacterial peptide developed by Laszlo Otvos, a research professor of biology in Temple's College of Science and Technology, looks to be a highly-effective therapy against infections in burn or blast wounds suffered by soldiers.

Otvos and his collaborators found that when given intramus... Read More

Adenovirus Can Be Used to Transport Drugs

For years, researchers have been unable to image the viruses they were trying so hard to destroy, but now not only has that become possible, but they can also use the microorganisms to deliver drugs.

This is possible thanks to efforts by a team of investigators based at the University of Cali... Read More

Breastfeeding HIV-positive women should not receive vitamin A supplements, study shows

HIV-positive women who are breastfeeding should not be given vitamin A supplements because it increases the risk of transmitting the AIDS virus to their infants, researchers said Thursday. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV has been largely controlled in the United States and other developed co... Read More

Researchers Exploring 'Fusion Strategy' Against E. Coli

South Dakota State University research is exploring a "fusion strategy" for making improved vaccines to protect pigs and humans against some strains of E. coli.

The SDSU researchers altered the toxins produced by a form of E. coli and genetically fused the non-poisonous "toxoid" to a protein... Read More

Electrified Cotton Filter Soaked in Nanotech Cheaply and Quickly Purifies Large Volumes of Water

Water, water everywhere, but in the developing world or in areas ravaged by natural disasters – like the ongoing flooding in Pakistan, for instance – there’s often not a clean, purified drop to be found. Water is usually made potable in such places via filters that physically trap bacteria as wa... Read More

Safer eggs

How did bacteria spread through two Iowa egg farms, leading to the largest Salmonella enteritidis outbreak ever recorded in the U.S.? Take your pick. Stomach-turning inspection reports released Monday by the Food and Drug Administration found wild birds, which can carry the disease, flying and... Read More

Cannibal bacteria could lead to new antibiotics

We tend to think of bacteria as engaging in chemical warfare only when they attack us, wreaking havoc on our cells. But the microbiome is a vicious place, with many species hurling toxins at each other, attempting to gain a competitive advantage. A bacterium called Bacillus subtilis goes beyond... Read More

Finding E.coli in beef faster

Infrared spectroscopy can detect E. coli faster than current testing methods, and can cut days off investigations of outbreaks, according to a study at Purdue University.

Lisa Mauer, an associate professor of food science, detected E. coli in ground beef in one hour using Fourier transform in... Read More

Treatment for S. Aureus Skin Infection Works in Mouse Model

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and University of Chicago have found a promising treatment method that in laboratory mice reduces the severity of skin and soft-tissue damage caused by USA300, the leading cause of community-associated Staphylococcus aureus infections in the Unit... Read More

From unpleasant infection to flesh-eater: Three virulence factors help Group A Strep make the switch

Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is responsible for infections ranging from “strep throat” to necrotizing fasciitis, aka the “flesh-eating disease”, a severe and invasive condition that has seen a marked increase in incidence in the past 30 years. The increase has been pinned on a single clone of th... Read More

Foursquare, MTV to reward STD checkups with badge

You can "check in" to restaurants and bars, so how about health clinics while you get tested for sexually transmitted diseases?

Foursquare, the online application people use to tell their friends and strangers where they are, is offering a special virtual "badge" through September to people w... Read More
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