• Human and Soil Bacteria Swap Antibiotic-Resistance Genes
    Soil bacteria and bacteria that cause human diseases have recently swapped at least seven antibiotic-resistance genes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report in the Aug. 31, 2012 issue of Science. According to the scientists, more ...More
    August 30, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Way to Tame Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs
    Rather than trying to kill bacteria outright with drugs, Université de Montréal researchers have discovered a way to disarm bacteria that may allow the body's own defense mechanisms to destroy them. "To understand this strategy one could imagine harmful bacteria being like ...More
    August 23, 2012 Posted in News
  • Dysentery-Causing Bacteria Spreading from Europe to Australia
    Researchers have found that a strain of dysentery-causing bacterium that originated from Europe centuries ago is spreading rapidly to Australia and some developing countries. First author Dr. Kathryn Holt, from the University of Melbourne, says that the bacterium strain ...More
    August 7, 2012 Posted in News
  • Beneficial Bacteria May Help Ward Off Infection
    While many bacteria exist as aggressive pathogens, causing diseases ranging from tuberculosis and cholera, to plague, diphtheria and toxic shock syndrome, others play a less malevolent role and some are critical for human health. ...More
    July 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • Caltech Researchers Measure the Rate of DNA Transfer from Viruses to Bacteria
    Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been able, for the first time, to watch viruses infecting individual bacteria by transferring their DNA, and to measure the rate at which that transfer occurs. Shedding light on the early stages of ...More
    June 27, 2012 Posted in News
  • FDA Allows Marketing of First Test to Identify Bacteria Associated with Bloodstream Infections
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will allow marketing of the first nucleic acid test that can identify 12 different bacterial types known to cause bloodstream infections. The test allows for simultaneous identification of the bacteria and three associated ...More
    June 27, 2012 Posted in News
  • New Mechanism of Bacterial Pathogenesis is Discovered
    Scientists have identified a new mechanism of bacterial pathogenesis. The results of the research project, partly funded by the Academy of Finland, have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). ...More
    June 27, 2012 Posted in News
  • Discovery Increases Understanding of How Bacteria Spread
    A University of Alberta researcher is moving closer to understanding how infection is caused by the spread of bacteria. In a study published in the journal Structure, Joel Weiner and his collaborators, Gerd Prehna and Natalie Stynadka at the University of British Columbia, ...More
    June 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • Research Identifies Specific Bacteria Linked to Indoor Water Damage and Mold
    Bacterial contamination in water-damaged buildings has been identified as a potential cause of health problems, including infection and respiratory conditions like asthma. Which specific bacteria contribute to these problems, however, has been unknown—making it difficult ...More
    June 19, 2012 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Commensal Bacteria Help Fight Viruses
    Healthy humans harbor an enormous and diverse group of bacteria and other bugs that live within their intestines. These microbial partners provide beneficial aid in multiple ways – from helping digest food to the development of a healthy immune system. In a new study ...More
    June 18, 2012 Posted in News