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Scientists Sequence Gut Microbes of Premature Infant

Scientists have for the first time sequenced and reconstructed the genomes of most of the microbes in the gut of a premature newborn and documented how the microbe populations changed over time.

Further studies involving more infants could eventually help researchers understand the causes of ... Read More

Microbes in Our Gut Regulate Genes That Control Obesity and Inflammation

If you are looking to lose weight in the coming year, you may need help from an unexpected place: the bacteria in your gut. That's because scientists have discovered that the bacteria living in your intestines may play a far more significant role in weight loss and gastrointestinal problems than... Read More

MOSAR - Combating antimicrobial resistance of bacteria in hospitals

MOSAR aims to significantly advance our knowledge regarding the control of antimicrobial resistance of bacteria responsible for major and emerging nosocomial diseases in hospitals, which are now spreading into communities. MOSAR will examine the factors determining the dynamics of spread of AMRB... Read More

Acne Bug Could Be The Cause Of Your Infections

Previously, researchers thought the detection of P. acnes at the site of these infections was due to contamination from the skin.

For example, an infection at a site within the body after surgery, could have been caused by bacteria transferred to an open wound from the skin during an operati... Read More

Spread of Deadly Virus Tied to Forest Decline

Around 2004, large numbers of aspens in the West began dying off, and with no immediately identifiable cause, scientists dubbed the phenomenon “sudden aspen decline.” Ultimately, the die-back was pinned on a severe 2002 drought and heat wave that left aspen stands vulnerable to pests, cankers an... Read More

Neogen's Rapid Test For Salmonella Enteritidis Receives FDA Approval

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced that its rapid test for Salmonella enteritidis (SE) has been determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be equivalent to the FDA's traditional testing method in accuracy, precision, and sensitivity for detecting SE.

The FDA's deter... Read More

Drug-resistant malaria could spread fast, expert warns

Drug-resistant malaria could spread from southeast Asia to Africa within months, putting millions of children's lives at risk, a leading expert warned on Wednesday.

Nicholas White, professor of tropical medicine at Mahidol University in Bangkok, called for a war before it is too late on the m... Read More

The Oldest Living Thing on Earth? 500,000-Year-Old Bacteria (video)

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/11/15/Rachel_Sussman_The_Worlds_Oldest_Living_Organisms

Photographer Rachel Sussman presents an image of what is most likely the oldest living thing on planet Earth: a specimen of actinobacteria, found in Siberian permafrost. The bacteria are about 500,0... Read More

Can Predatory Bacteria Succeed Where Antibiotics Fail?

There are predators in the bacterial world that consume other bacteria, much as predators attack prey in the animal world. A team led by researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Dental School suggests that some of these predator microbes might be put to wo... Read More

Software for Programmable Microbes (video)

Researchers at University of California, San Francisco is creating a software programmable microbes.

Genetically modified microbes could perform many useful jobs, from making biofuels and drugs, to cleaning up toxic waste. But designing the complex biochemical pathways inside such microbes is... Read More

CU scientists advance research of lethal Listeria

Listeria is an opportunistic pathogen that causes brain infection, blood poisoning, abortion and death for about 250 Americans and a number of farm animals each year. But while its harmful strains can be more lethal than Salmonella, it exists in benign species and strains as well.

By finding ... Read More

The Good, The Bad And The 'green' Harnessing The Potential Of Bacteria

A diverse family of bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal illness in humans but could offer a greener alternative to petrol to power our cars will be the subject of a talk by a University of Nottingham academic at an international conference.

Professor Nigel Minton, one of the world's l... Read More

Virus Killer Gets Supercharged: Discovery Greatly Improves Common Disinfectant

A simple technique to make a common virus-killing material significantly more effective is a breakthrough from the Rice University labs of Andrew Barron and Qilin Li.

Rather than trying to turn the process into profit, the researchers have put it into the public domain. They hope wide adoptio... Read More

Understanding life on Mars could stem from rocks

In 2004 a scientific breakthrough was made when methane was detected in the Martian atmosphere.

The presence of the gas — much of which on Earth is produced by living things — is the strongest indication yet that primitive life could exist on the planet.

Now a team of geologists and microb... Read More

Teacher Funds School's Dorms

Jan Vilcek wants to repay New York University's Langone Medical Center for taking a chance on him.

The microbiology professor will on Wednesday announce a $21 million gift to the medical school to purchase and renovate a student dormitory.

Dr. Vilcek and his wife Marica immigrated to the U... Read More

Medicago vaccine slated for clinical trial

Medicago Inc (MDG.TO) will participate in an early-stage clinical trial of a vaccine designed for use in the event of an avian pandemic flu outbreak, the Canadian biotechnology company said on Tuesday.

The Quebec City-based biotech is developing a single-dose H5N1 influenza vaccine. It will t... Read More

Candida albicans puts one set of proteins to work in two different jobs

Reduce, reuse, recycle? Candida albicans is a reuser. No, it doesn’t use its old grocery bags over and over – it puts one set of proteins to work in two different jobs.

To mate, C. albicans must switch its cells from white to opaque (see inset). These opaque cells then release a pheromon... Read More

Lancet editor apologises for naming super bug after New Delhi

The editor of The Lancet, Richard Horton, apologised on Tuesday for naming an antibiotic-resistant superbug after New Delhi. It was an “error,” he said.

A report in the leading medical journal in August last stated that superbug “New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamese” (NDM-1) originated in India. ... Read More

ATMs as Filthy as Public Toilets, Says Study, But Don't Panic

Call it dirty money. A new report out of Britain claims that ATMs are as filthy as public toilets and researchers say they have the microbes to prove it.

"We were surprised by our results because the ATM machines were shown to be heavily contaminated with bacteria; to the same level as nearby... Read More

Private Rooms Cut Infection Risk in the ICU: Study

Intensive care unit (ICU) patients in single, private rooms have lower infection rates than patients in shared rooms, a new study finds.

About 30 percent of patients in ICUs acquire health care
-associated infections, which can lead to serious illness and death, the study authors noted in ba... Read More
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