Bacillus Anthracis


  • Anthrax Capsule Vaccine Protects from Lethal Infection in Animal Model
    Vaccination with the anthrax capsule—a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease—protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection, according to U.S. Army scientists. The study, which appears in the Jan. 20, 2012 print edition of the journal ...More
    January 17, 2012 Posted in News
  • When Anthrax Isn't Anthrax
    Bacillus cereus is a Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium that rarely causes problems for humans. A strain of the bacterium picked up genes that encode the anthrax toxin. Image by Scott Rose. A patient who had symptoms of inhalation anthrax infection and who eventually ...More
    August 23, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Nano Detector for Deadly Anthrax Being Developed
    An automatic and portable detector that takes just 15 minutes to analyze a sample suspected of contamination with anthrax is being developed by U.S. researchers. The technology amplifies any anthrax DNA present in the sample and can reveal the presence of just 40 ...More
    July 7, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Forensic Genomics Used to Investigate 2001 Anthrax Attacks
    Researchers at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and collaborators at the FBI, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Northern Arizona University have published the first scientific paper based on ...More
    March 7, 2011 Posted in News
  • NIH Scientists Show How Anthrax Bacteria Impair Immune Response
    Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have determined a key mechanism by which Bacillus anthracis bacteria initiate anthrax infection despite being greatly outnumbered by immune system ...More
    November 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Medical Weapons to Protect Against Anthrax Attacks
    The 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States are fostering development of a new generation of vaccines, antibiotics, and other medications to protect people against the potentially deadly bacteria in any future bioterrorist incident. That’s the conclusion of a ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Overcoming Anthrax Bacterium's Natural Defenses Could Hold Key to New Treatments
    Army scientists have discovered a way to "trick" the bacterium that causes anthrax into shedding its protective covering, making it easier for the body's immune system to mount a defense. The study, which appears in this month's issue of the journal Microbiology, could lead ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Unmasking Anthrax for Immune Destruction
    Anthrax-causing bacteria can be engineered to shed their invisibility cloaks, making it easier for the immune system to eradicate it, according to a new study published in Microbiology. The work could lead to new measures to treat anthrax infection in the event of a ...More
    May 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Many Would Delay Taking Recommended Antibiotics after Anthrax Attack, Poll Finds
    In a national poll aimed at helping with planning efforts for a public health response to a possible bioterrorism attack, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that, in response to a fictional scenario describing a significant anthrax attack ...More
    February 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • NIAID Announces New Human Immunology Research Awards to Help Fight Emerging Infectious Diseases
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded approximately $208 million to two programs that support research to better understand the human immune response to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including those that may be ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News
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