• Infant Antibiotic Use Linked to Adult Diseases
    A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life. The imbalances in gut microbes, called dysbiosis, have been tied to infectious diseases, ...More
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  • TSRI Scientists Identify Interferon Beta as Likely Culprit in Persistent Viral Infection
    Interferon proteins are normally considered virus-fighters, but scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found evidence that one of them, interferon beta (IFNβ), has an immune-suppressing effect that can help some viruses establish persistent ...More
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  • Persistence Yields Progress in AIDS Vaccine Research at UC Santa Cruz
    Phil Berman has been working to develop an AIDS vaccine for nearly 30 years, first at the pioneering biotech company Genentech, then as cofounder of VaxGen, and now at UC Santa Cruz, where he is the Baskin Professor of Biomolecular Engineering. Since his arrival at UC Santa ...More
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  • Bacterial Forensics Techniques Trace a Suspect From the Microbes on Their Shoes
    The microbial 'signatures' found on an individual's personal items, such as their shoes and cell phone, could be used to determine their previous location and trace their movements, according to a small pilot study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Bacteria ...More
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  • Study Provides New Insights Into Clostridium Spores
    Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have established how clostridia bacteria emerge from spores. This could help them understand how these bacteria germinate and go on to produce the deadly toxin responsible for botulism, a lethal form of food poisoning, or cause ...More
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  • Personal Microbiomes Shown to Contain Unique 'Fingerprints'
    A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies--known as the human microbiome--have the potential to uniquely identify individuals, much like a fingerprint. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues demonstrated ...More
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  • Novel Biomarkers May Provide Guide to Personalized Hepatitis C Therapy
    A simple blood test can be used to predict which chronic hepatitis C patients will respond to interferon-based therapy, according to a report in the May issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the journal of the American Gastroenterological ...More
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  • CDC Reaches Milestone for Field Deployment in Ebola Outbreak
    On May 9, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reached a milestone, sending the 1,000th field deployer to West Africa as part of the largest outbreak response in the agency’s history. ...More
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  • Ebola Diaries: Detecting Disease on an Unprecedented Scale
    In June 2014, Jim Strong and Allen Grolla, laboratory scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada, were deployed through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) to work with WHO in Guinea and Sierra Leone. They had experience working in previous ...More
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  • New Test Could Identify Resistant Tuberculosis Faster
    The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a University College London (UCL)-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat ...More
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