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Leave bacteria alone!

In the past year, the media has hyped the swine flu as if it were the Black Death. People have been reminded to wash their hands to the point of excess. Antibacterial products have been flying off the shelves at local super markets across the country. But the swine flu is a far cry from the deva... Read More

New methods aim to keep E. coli in beef lower all year

The dead of winter may not be the time when most people's thoughts turn toward the allure of a hamburger on the grill. But from a food safety standpoint, it's probably the safest time there is to eat ground beef.

"The theory is that animals are carrying higher levels of E. coli during the sum... Read More

New Good Bacteria Link: Protection from Sudden Infant Death and Inflammation

Good bacteria, called probiotics, live within our intestinal tract. They are also known as comensual cells which outnumber human cells, 10 to 1. In other words, we are made up of more good bacteria than human cells which shows how important they are to health.

Antibiotics Kill Good Bacteria
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Fidaxomicin Passes Second Trial for Treatment of C.difficile

San Diego-based Optimer Pharmaceuticals has nailed the second big trial designed to prove it has a new antibiotic for a deadly infection people can get in hospitals.

Optimer said today that it reached its main goal of showing its experimental antibiotic, fidaxomicin, was roughly equivalent to... Read More

Majority of American Adults Reject Swine Flu Vaccine

A new poll found the majority of parents have gotten or intend to get their children vaccinated against swine flu, but the majority of adults have not gotten or do not want swine flu vaccine for themselves.

The poll by Harvard School of Public Health shows 44 percent believe the H1N1 flu pand... Read More

Swine flu cases down, but virus keeps spreading

Fewer people are getting sick with the swine flu than is typical for influenza rates this time of year - but public health officials still aren't ready to say the pandemic is over.

For the third week in a row, national rates of flulike illness are below the seasonal average, the U.S. Centers ... Read More

USDA Calls Plays for Safe Super Bowl Food

For millions of Americans, Super Bowl Sunday is all about going to somebody else's house for eating and drinking before, during, and probably after the game between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. Millions of tons of that food will be prepared by amateurs.

For their stake, you... Read More

China brews superbugs

China's reckless use of antibiotics in its health system and agricultural production is fuelling an explosion of drug-resistant superbugs that threaten global health.

Scientists have warned that Chinese doctors routinely prescribe multiple doses of antibiotics for sore throats, while farmers'... Read More

Archaea: The Third Domain of Life - (Do They Live on Comets?)

The biodiversity of the Earth never ceases to astonish. One example that has radically changed the face of biology is the discovery of a group of organisms called archaea (pronounced “ar-kee-ah”). It was thought that all creatures on Earth were divided into two main evolutionary categories, but ... Read More

‘Roach Motels’ for Bacteria

In the age-old battle between man and microbe, people have tried in countless ways to keep their surroundings germ-free, ranging from plain old scrubbing, heat sterilization and chemical disinfectants to high-tech solutions like irradiation or drug-eluting coatings.

Now a new approach could m... Read More

Bacteria under SOS evolve anticancer phenotypes (abstract)

The anticancer drugs, such as DNA replication inhibitors, stimulate bacterial adhesion and induce the bacterial SOS response. As a variety of bacterial mutants can be generated during SOS, novel phenotypes are likely to be selected under the drug pressure.Presentation of the hypothesisBacteria g... Read More

Did Bacteria Developed Into More Complex Cells Much Earlier in Evolution Than Thought?

Monash University biochemists have found a critical piece in the evolutionary puzzle that explains how life on Earth evolved millions of centuries ago.

The team, from the School of Biomedical Sciences, has described the process by which bacteria developed into more complex cells and found thi... Read More

Compound LJ001 Acts Like Antibiotic Against Viruses

Unlike antibiotics, which kill many different types of bacteria, antiviral drugs for the most part need to target individual, specific viruses. A drug that attacks a multitude of viruses -- an antibiotic for viruses, effectively -- would be a significant boon for medicine. And a group of researc... Read More

Smart coating opens door to safer hip, knee and dental implants

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a "smart coating" that helps surgical implants bond more closely with bone and ward off infection.

When patients have hip, knee or dental replacement surgery, they run the risk of having their bodies reject the implant. But the sma... Read More

Vaccine to Protect Pregnant Women from Contracting Malaria?

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have become the first in the world to synthesize the entire protein that is responsible for life-threatening malaria in pregnant women and their unborn children. The protein known as VAR2CSA enables malaria parasites to accumulate in the placenta and c... Read More

Australians On Guard against Acinetobacter

Australian researchers are scrambling to develop drugs to fight off Acinetobacter baumanii, a new "superbug" that is causing fatalities overseas.

Experts say Acinetobacter is far worse than superbugs such as MRSA, which are already in Australian hospitals.

Australian health authorities sa... Read More

Origin of the cell nucleus, mitosis and sex: roles of intracellular coevolution

Thomas Cavalier-Smith, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, has published a paper in which he identifies some of the key elements to understanding eukaryogenesis.

"Here I paint an integrated picture of how the nucleus, sex, and the eukaryotic cell cycle originated and congealed into ... Read More

Fecal Odor May Yield Faster Test for Diarrhea Bug

A new device that sniffs out malodorous bacteria in stool samples may yield the first rapid test for a potentially lethal diarrheal disease spreading across North America and Europe.

The OdoReader can detect the bacterium Clostridium difficile in about 10 minutes with 96 percent accuracy, sai... Read More

Scientists create artificial honey bee silk

Using genetically modified bacteria, a team of Australian researchers has created artificially produced honey bee silk.

"The silks would be good for tough, lightweight textiles, and high-strength applications like advanced aviation and marine composites," ABC Science quoted CSIRO entomologis... Read More

Bacteria Toxic to Wound-Treating Maggots

Bacteria that infect chronic wounds can be deadly to maggot 'biosurgeons' used to treat the lesions, show researchers writing in the journal Microbiology. The findings could lead to more effective treatment of wounds and the development of novel antibiotics.

Scientists from the Copenhagen Wou... Read More

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