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US Finds Roaches, Listeria at Airline Caterer

A German-owned company that prepares food for major airlines says it has cleaned up its Denver kitchen after federal inspectors found live and dead roaches and listeria bacteria at the facility.

The Food and Drug Administration warned the company, LSG Sky Chefs, that it could be barred from s... Read More

CFS patients in UK show no signs of suspect virus

The theory that chronic fatigue syndrome could be caused by a virus that jumped from mice to people has been dealt a blow by a British study that has found no evidence of the virus in people diagnosed with CFS.

Scientists are also warning people with the condition of the dangers of dosing the... Read More

Using a Virus’s Knack for Mutating to Wipe It Out

Evolution is a virus’s secret weapon. The virus can rapidly slip on new disguises to evade our immune systems, and it can become resistant to antiviral drugs.

But some scientists are turning the virus’s secret weapon against it. They hope to cure infections by forcing viruses to evolve their ... Read More

MRSA clone in food animals worrisome, expert says

The emergence and wide spread of a new clone of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in food animals is a worrisome development that should be watched closely, one of the strain's lead researchers has warned in a medical journal.

Writing in Clinical Microbiology and Infection, D... Read More

National parks deserve to share in wealth of scientific research

(ed. note - I thought you might enjoy seeing how locals feel about the use of the microbial resources of national parks)

Yellowstone Park’s most extraordinary wild creatures are microscopic. These single-cell residents of hot pools and geyser basins have adapted to live at high temperatures, ... Read More

Is bivalent poliovirus vaccine a good idea?

A new bivalent poliovirus vaccine, consisting of infectious, attenuated type 1 and type 3 strains, has been deployed in Afghanistan. The use of this vaccine was recommended by the Advisory Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication, the global technical advisory body of the Global Polio Eradication ... Read More

Disordered Microbial Communities in Asthmatic Airways

Background:

A rich microbial environment in infancy protects against asthma [1], [2] and infections precipitate asthma exacerbations [3]. We compared the airway microbiota at three levels in adult patients with asthma, the related condition of COPD, and controls. We also studied bronchial lav... Read More

Staphylococcus epidermidis Antimicrobial δ-Toxin (Phenol-Soluble Modulin-γ) Cooperates with Host Antimicrobial Peptides to Kill Group A Streptococcus

Antimicrobial peptides play an important role in host defense against pathogens. Recently, phenol-soluble modulins (PSMs) from Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) were shown to interact with lipid membranes, form complexes, and exert antimicrobial activity. Based on the abundance and inn... Read More

Sharing a hospital room increases risk of 'super bugs'

Staying in a multi-bed hospital room dramatically increases the risk of acquiring a serious infectious disease, Queen's University researchers have discovered.

A new study led by infectious diseases expert Dr. Dick Zoutman says the chance of acquiring serious infections like C. difficile (Clo... Read More

Swedish study opens new potential for combating resistant bacteria

Neisseria meningitidis, the meningococcus, is a bacterium that can cause diseases with high fatality rates, and there has therefore been considerable concern that, like other bacteria, it might become resistant to antibiotics. But now a study from örebro University and örebro University Hospital... Read More

Indiana startup raises $444K for bacteria-detection technology

Advanced BioImaging Systems LLC has received a $444,000 investment for technology licensed from Purdue University that uses a laser to detect bacteria in food products.

The company plans to use the private funding to further development of its BARDOT (Bacteria Rapid Detection using Optical Sc... Read More

Prion evolution takes lessons on diversification from viruses

When prions are transferred from one species to another—like from sheep and cows to mice in the laboratory or to humans in the case of the fatally neurodegenerative variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease—new forms of the infectious proteins can emerge over time that make them deadly to the new host. ... Read More

Eavesdropping on Bacterial Conversations May Improve Chronic Wound Healing

Listening in on bacterial conversations could be the solution for improving chronic wound care, says a team of researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.

"Bacteria, often viewed as simplistic c... Read More

Scientists Develop Tumor-Busting Bacteria

Scientists have unveiled a new technique that uses fragments of genetically-engineered bacteria to target and destroy tumor cells. Therapies based on this method may treat diseases more efficiently and dramatically reduce side effects by eliminating the need to flood the patient's system with ca... Read More

Single Atom Controls Motility Required for Bacterial Infection

Bacteria can swim, propelling themselves through fluids using a whip-like extension called a flaggella. They can also walk, strolling along solid surfaces using little fibrous legs called pili. It is this motility that enable some pathogenic bacteria to establish the infections -- such as mening... Read More

Scientists Identify Target That May Inhibit HIV Infectivity

Scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology (GIVI) have discovered a new agent that might inhibit the infectivity of HIV. The agent, surfen, impairs the action of a factor in semen that greatly enhances the viral infection. Surfen might be used to supplement current HIV micr... Read More

Multitasking May Be Achilles Heel for Hepatitis C

Despite its tiny genome, the hepatitis C virus packs a mean punch. The virus is a microcosm of efficiency, and each of its amino acids plays multiple roles in its survival and ability to sidestep attack. But new research from Rockefeller University suggests that this fancy footwork and multitask... Read More

Infectious disease research in US receives new funding



Immunological research focusing on dengue, malaria and tuberculosis will be supported by new grants from the US National Institutes of Health.

The research, to be conducted at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology in California, will focus on identifying epitopes – pieces of a v... Read More

Out of the salt mines: Microbial DNA, 419 million years old, with a twist

From a salt mine 1,200 feet beneath the earth's surface, a team led by a West Chester University scientist says it has extracted the oldest known samples of DNA - dated to a staggering 419 million years ago.

The genetic material, belonging to a kind of microbe called haloarchaea (hahlo-ar-KEY... Read More

Too-dilute disinfectant boosts bacteria resistance

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium responsible for severe chest infections, can become tolerant to the commonly used mild disinfectant benzalkonium chloride. The bug develops mutations that enable it to expel the disinfectant. Worse still, tolerant strains can also shrug off ciprofloxacin, a fl... Read More

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