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Chopping and Changing in the Microbial World: How Mycoplasmas – The Simplest Bacterial Pathogens – Stay Alive

Pathogenic bacteria have evolved a variety of mechanisms to avoid being killed by the immune systems of the humans and animals they invade.

Among the most sophisticated is that practised by mycoplasmas, which regularly change their surface proteins to confuse the immune system. Recent work i... Read More

First Irish genome sequenced

The Irish are genetically distinct from other Europeans – including their British neighbours. That's according to the first genome of an Irish person to be sequenced, which turns out to have a host of unusual genetic variations.

Brendan Loftus of University College Dublin, who led the team re... Read More

AP Exclusive: Back to work after salmonella case

The peanut industry executive whose filthy processing plants were blamed in a salmonella outbreak two years ago that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more is back in the business.

Stewart Parnell, former president of the now-bankrupt Peanut Corp. of America, is working as a consultant... Read More

Fungal Threat to Archived Film

Microbes could be threatening our cultural heritage by degrading historic cinematographic film and even preventing some valuable footage to be archived at all.

Mr Gavin Bingley who is presenting his work at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham describes how fung... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 11 - Fuels Fixed from Fumes

This episode: Making biofuels from fumes!

(2.3 MB, 2.5 minutes)

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

New Class of Peptides May Protect Against Septic Shock

A new class of peptides may neutralize the endotoxin that causes sepsis, offering a new therapeutic strategy against an often lethal systemic bacterial infection. The researchers from Germany and Spain detail their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Che... Read More

Self-Administered Vaccine Patch May Protect Against Potentially Pandemic Flu Viruses

A self-administered patch containing tiny microneedles may effectively deliver influenza virus-like particles through the skin and protect against potentially pandemic flu viruses such as H5N1. Researchers from the U.S. and abroad report their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal... Read More

Frog Skin May Provide Antimicrobial Peptides Effective Against Multidrug-Resistant Infections

Antimicrobial peptides from the skin of frogs may protect against life-threatening, multidrug-resistant infections such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa say researchers from Italy. They detail their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

P. aerugi... Read More

More than a sex addiction: pheromones are for more than just gene exchange

At first glance, you might not think the fungus Candida albicans and the bacterium Enterococcus faecalis would have a lot in common, but mBio’s first Minireview reveals another story: these dissimilar pathogens both use pheromone signaling for mating and for pathogenesis. By probing the environ... Read More

Red Tide Bacteria Found Over 9.5-Mile Area of New York City's Upper Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard said a “reddish sheen” was reported on the water in the upper harbor of New York that has been identified as a red tide outbreak, an accumulation of bacteria whose dense concentration turns the affected water reddish brown.

The reddish color was reported at about 7 a.m. a... Read More

Lineman won't be tackled by flu again

It was the fifth game of the 2009 Ohio State University football season, and offensive lineman Andy Miller cheered as the Buckeyes sprinted past the Indiana Hoosiers, 33-14, the fourth win of the year. The campus was brimming with excitement, yet for Miller the occasion was bittersweet.

"I wa... Read More

Human Microbiome data repository site - HMP DACC

HMP DACC is the Human Microbiome Project's Data Analysis and Coordination Center. A major goal of the HMP is to look for correlations between changes in the microbiome and human health. The HMP DACC is the central repository for all HMP data. More information about the project can be found on th... Read More

Interview: Stephen P. Diggle

World Sci­ence asked lead­ing mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist Ste­phen P. Dig­gle to com­ment on a study on “back­stab­bing bac­te­ria” re­ported in World Sci­ence and pre­sented Sept. 6 at the fall meet­ing of the So­ci­e­ty for Gen­er­al Mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gy in Not­ting­ham, U.K. Dig­gle, a Roy­al So­ci­e... Read More

Is Hand Washing Enough to Stop the Spread of Disease?

Not drying your hands thoroughly after washing them, could increase the spread of bacteria and rubbing your hands whilst using a conventional electric hand dryer could be a contributing factor. Frequently people give up drying their hands and wipe them on their clothes instead, but hand-hygiene ... Read More

Imaging Reveals Key Metabolic Factors of Cannibalistic Bacteria

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have revealed new details about how cannibalistic bacteria identify peers suitable for consumption. The work, which employed imaging mass spectrometry, is a first step toward a broader effort to map all signaling molecules between organisms.... Read More

Cockroaches Have Molecules with Antibacterial Potential

Cockroaches are repulsive, but they have in their brain up to nine molecules from which antibiotics could be produced.

These molecules apparently have the capacity to fight more than 90 percent of resistant bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus and E. coli, said researchers from the Universi... Read More

These cells will self-destruct in 5...4...

Cancer is a difficult disease to treat because it's a personal disease. Each case is unique and based on a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Conventional chemotherapy employs treatment with one or more drugs, assuming that these medicines are able to both "diagnose" and "treat" t... Read More

Ancient Brewmasters Made Medicinal Beer

In 1980, a scientist looking at bone fragments under an ultraviolet microscope noticed the bones were glowing green—a hallmark of the antibiotic tetracycline. The drug latches onto calcium and gets deposited in bone. Nothing unusual. Except these bones were from a Nubian mummy buried 1,600 years... Read More

Volunteers at Walter Reed endure mosquito bites to help find a malaria vaccine

Jesse Bolton is a pretty buff guy. He's in the Navy, and a few mosquitoes don't scare him much. But he has seen what the bite of a malaria-carrying insect can do. One of his squadmates picked it up in Africa a few years ago.

That's why Bolton was sitting in a suite at the Residence Inn in Bet... Read More

WHO wants faster, more flu vaccine production

The vaccine used to contain the recent swine flu pandemic was effective, but health authorities will need to ramp up the speed and volume of production during the next global outbreak, a World Health Organization official said Monday.

The WHO declared last month that the swine flu pandemic th... Read More
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