The rhizosphere is the narrow region of soil that is directly influenced by root secretions and associated soil microorganisms. A new study by scientists at Purdue University found that E. coli bacteria thrive in this region, critical to plant growth.
Scientists conducted the study by adding... Read More
It has long been thought disease-causing viruses can take shelter from your body's defenses, the immune system, by hiding inside cells. But a new study from British researchers found this is not the case.
Antibodies, which are proteins in the immune system, can latch on to some viruses and fo... Read More
For decades, they lived a mystery: Why were they able to survive with the AIDS virus, free of symptoms and the need for potent drugs, while so many others with the same germ turned deathly ill?
Their innate ability to keep HIV infections in check intrigued researchers, who suspected these peo... Read More
There is a great deal of interest in the impact of lactic acid bacteria on our health. Now a new study from the Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University, in Sweden, shows that the occurrence of Lactobacillus reuteri in the body promotes health.
Humans have used lactic acid bacteria for... Read More
Over-probing airport security scans? Nope. Soft porn from the 22nd Century? Definitely not. These beautiful images of the human body are part of a new exhibition at the Royal Institution. Each was taken using the light emitted by the bioluminescent bacteria Photobacterium phosphorem. Artist Anne... Read More
Mutually-beneficial cooperation is a high ideal, but for bacteria and archaea, working together isn’t always a good solution. Now a team at Pennsylvania State University has worked out a system that could work better than inter-domain cooperation: by putting genes from a bacterium into an archa... Read More
Not long ago, microbiologists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio solved a longstanding medical mystery: A common pathogen, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, was known to be involved in disease pathways throughout the body, but no one knew how it worked. Then the microbiologists... Read More
When a team of European researchers sought to discover how a class of antiviral drugs worked, they looked in an unlikely place: the sugar dish. A new research report appearing in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that a purified and modified form of a simple sugar chain may stop fast-act... Read More
The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) is seeking early career and established research scientists to work for a newly-formed institute in Durban, South Africa, that is dedicated to basic tuberculosis (TB) and HIV research in sub-Saharan Africa.
K-RITH was form... Read More
Malaria could be eradicated globally, just like smallpox was in 1979, through a global pincer movement, squeezing it closer to the equator from north and south.
"It could take 50 or 60 years," says Richard Feachem of the University of California, San Francisco, and author of "Shrinking the ma... Read More
Everyone knows about cancer. According to the World Health Organisation eight million people died of one of the many forms of cancer 2007 and this number is expected to grow to more than 12 million by 2030. However, unlike many other significant diseases, cancer is not confined to a continent or... Read More
New research by scientists at the University of Sheffield has shed light on how Earth's first plants began to colonize the land over 470 million years ago by forming a partnership with soil fungi.
The research, published in Nature Communications, has provided essential missing evidence showin... Read More
Tests by federal health authorities have found listeria bacteria at a Texas food processing plant after state health officials linked four deaths to contaminated celery from the facility.
The Food and Drug Administration says the results released Wednesday match testing done by the Texas Depa... Read More
Head and neck cancer patients were once primarily older heavy smokers and drinkers. Now, the majority who are diagnosed with the disease are closer to middle age (many ages 40 to 55) and developed it not from years of tobacco or alcohol use but rather because they engaged in oral sex.
This sh... Read More
In recent years, the evidence for extensive water on the surface of Mars has continued to pile up, and, with it, the interest in the possibility that the red planet once supported life. But finding evidence of life that might have died out a few billion years ago poses a significant challenge, t... Read More
Scientists in Yorkshire have developed a process that uses the luminous cells from jellyfish to diagnose cancers deep within the human body.
The method has been developed at the Yorkshire Cancer Research Laboratory at The University of York and the man who leads the York team, Professor Norma... Read More
If you've used up all your sick days, start exercising.
People who are physically fit and active have fewer and milder colds, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The study, which tracked the respiratory health of 1,000 adults for 12 weeks, found th... Read More
Every day, several people die in German hospitals after being infected with bacteria resistant to most antibiotics. Though the threat is growing, a strategy long-used in the Netherlands is catching on and raising hopes.
When Germans are admitted into Dutch hospitals, they are usually surprise... Read More
This week, the Editor in Chief and a member of the Board of Editors of mBio weigh in on the relationship between two natural allies in medicine: microbiology and immunology. The two disciplines have a long history that stretches back to when they each emerged in the late 1800s, during which the... Read More