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New discovery may help treat chronic infections

Scientists from Binghamton University and State University of New York have discovered key regulators required for the formation of biofilms - communities of bacteria in self-produced slime - which could lead to new ways for treating chronic infections.

These biofilms may be found almost anyw... Read More

You've heard of MRSA, but what about Acinetobacter?

In the antibiotic-resistance world, MRSA gets most of the press. Sometimes, C. difficile works its way into a headline or two. But here's a reminder that other bacteria are growing stronger as well.

A study published online Wednesday in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology ... Read More

Sometimes Even Bacteria Get the Blues

Everyone needs a little bit of "me time" now and again, but too much solitude can make us lonely and irritable and put us in a not-quite-right state of mind. According to recent medical research reported by Discovery News, similar stir-craziness has been observed in bacteria that are sequestered... Read More

When Drugs Stop Working - Norway's Answer

Aker University Hospital is a dingy place to heal. The floors are streaked and scratched. A light layer of dust coats the blood pressure monitors. A faint stench of urine and bleach wafts from a pile of soiled bedsheets dropped in a corner.

Look closer, however, at a microscopic level, and th... Read More

International Team Sequences Genome of Cavity-Causing Bacteria

An international group of researchers has sequenced and characterized the genome of a cavity-causing bacterial species called Bifidobacterium dentium, identifying key features that have helped the bug become a tooth decay specialist.

The team, which includes collaborators from Europe, the UK,... Read More

New Strain Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria Emerging In US Hospitals

A new study reports a surge in drug-resistant strains of a dangerous type of bacteria in US hospitals: Acinetobacter strikes patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and others and often causes severe pneumonias or bloodstream infection, some of which are now resistant to imipenem, an antibiotic ... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 33



A continuación: El aceite de maíz y el combustible biodiesel; la obtención de hidrógeno via biogas; y las aguas negras de alcantarilla: matando los arrecifes coralinos.


El aceite de maíz y el... Read More

Phragmites Partners With Microbes to Plot Native Plants' Demise

University of Delaware researchers have uncovered a novel means of conquest employed by the common reed, Phragmites australis, which ranks as one of the world's most invasive plants.

The invasive strain, which hails from Eurasia, overtakes its "native" cousin, which has lived in North America... Read More

Histoplasma capsulatum

Histoplasma capsulatum in intestinal villi of brown house bat. Eptesicus fuscus from house near Clarksburg, MD. GMS stain Read More

New Nature paper on a "Phylogeny driven genomic encyclopedia of bacteria and archaea"

My new paper in Nature (using a Creative Commons license so anyone has access to it) on a "Phylogeny Driven Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea." In this paper we describe our project to fill in the gaps in the tree of life (of bacteria and archaea" with genome sequences and thus corre... Read More

At least 111 million doses of swine flu vaccine now available, CDC says

At least 111 million doses of vaccine against pandemic H1N1 influenza are now available and least 60 million people have already been immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The vaccine supply is getting better and better, and surveys are showing that the initial... Read More

Soil studies reveal rise in antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance in the natural environment is rising despite tighter controls over our use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, Newcastle University scientists have found.

Bacterial DNA extracted from soil samples collected between 1940 and 2008 has revealed a rise in background ... Read More

Tuberculosis Strain Thrives on Antibiotic

Scientists have identified a strain of antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis that thrives in the presence of rifampin, a front-line drug in the treatment of tuberculosis. The bacterium was identified in a patient in China and is described in a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Scho... Read More

High-sugar diet alters intestinal bacteria, making losing weight more difficult

A report published in the new journal Science Translational Medicine has made an interesting discovery concerning the relationship between sugar intake and the balance of intestinal flora. Researchers have discovered that a diet high in sugar and fat substantially alters the bacterial compositio... Read More

MTS40 - John Wooley - Exploring the Protein Universe



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Bacterial cellulose may help develop artificial blood vessels

In a novel study, researchers from University of Gothenburg, Sweden have found that the cellulose produced by bacteria could be used to develop artificial blood vessels in the future.

They say that bacterial cellulose carries a lower risk of blood clots than the synthetic materials currently ... Read More

Deadly Infection More Common Than Realized

Staphylococcus aureus causes far more serious infections than previously realised, with more than 3,000 Swedes affected every year, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

To date there have been no reliable data on just how common this often dea... Read More

NIH awards institute $18.8 million for major infectious disease study

Researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology will take aim at several of the world's most dangerous infectious diseases — tuberculosis, malaria and dengue virus — in a five-year, $18.8 million federally funded set of projects seeking to make new inroads toward vaccines agains... Read More

University of Chicago Microbiologists Prepare for Move to New Laboratory

On Dec. 1, 2009, the United States Department of Energy notified the University of Chicago Medical Center that it had full approval to “commence research operations” at the newly constructed Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory, operated by the Medical Center to study the organisms that cause infectiou... Read More

Novel Nanotechnology Heals Abscesses Caused by Resistant Staph Bacteria

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a new approach for treating and healing skin abscesses caused by bacteria resistant to most antibiotics. The study appears in the journal PLoS One.

Abscesses are deep skin infections that often resist anti... Read More

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