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  • Biochemists Identify Protease Substrates Important to Bacterial Growth
    Reporting this month in Molecular Microbiology, Peter Chien and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst describe using a combination of biochemistry and mass spectrometry to “trap” scores of new candidate substrates of the protease ClpXP to reveal how protein ...More
    June 26, 2013 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Research Leads to More Effective Treatment of Complex Infections
    Bacteria are life forms, which, like all other life forms, struggle for the best living conditions for themselves. Therefore they will try to avoid getting attacked by the human immune system, and therefore they have developed various ways to protect themselves from the ...More
    May 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Study the Many Faces of the Bacterial Defense System
    Even bacteria have a kind of “immune system” they use to defend themselves against unwanted intruders – in their case, viruses. Scientists at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany, were now able to show that this defense system is much ...More
    May 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • Flu and Bacteria: Better Prognosis for This Potentially Fatal Combination
    Scientists from the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna have provided insights into how much harm bacteria can cause to the lung of people having the flu. An infection with both the flu and bacteria can be a ...More
    April 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • Bacteria May Contribute to Premature Births, STDs
    New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis points to a common species of bacteria as an important contributor to bacterial vaginosis, a condition linked to preterm birth and increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. The condition affects 1 ...More
    April 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Security Agents Go Rogue
    CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a system of genes that bacteria use to defend themselves against viruses, has been found to be involved in helping some bacteria evade the mammalian immune system. The results were published April 14 in ...More
    April 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • Revealing the Weapons by Which Bacteria Fight Each Other
    A new study which was performed jointly at Umea University in Sweden and the University of Washington in Seattle, discovered that bacteria can degrade the cell membrane of bacterial competitors with enzymes that do not harm their own membrane. This exciting finding opens ...More
    April 4, 2013 Posted in News
  • Dental Bib Clips Can Harbor Bacteria Even After Disinfection
    Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Forsyth Institute published a study today that found that a significant proportion of dental bib clips harbored bacteria from the patient, dental clinician and the environment even after the clips had ...More
    April 2, 2013 Posted in News
  • Declaring a Truce with Our Microbiological 'Frenemies'
    Managing bacteria and other microorganisms in the body, rather than just fighting them, may be lead to better health and a stronger immune system, according to a Penn State biologist. Researchers have historically focused on microbes in the body as primarily pathogens that ...More
    March 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • Certain Bacteria Suppress Production of Toxic Shock Toxin
    Certain Streptococci increase their production of toxic shock syndrome toxin 1, sometimes to potentially dangerous levels, when aerobic bacteria are present in the vagina. But scientists from the University of Western Ontario have discovered certain strains of lactobacillus ...More
    March 22, 2013 Posted in News