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  • Scientists Discover How Deadly Bacteria Trick the Immune System
    An outbreak of tuberculosis in the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles may have exposed up to 4,500 individuals to the bacterium that causes the deadly disease and has left federal officials scrambling to intervene. The outbreak is occurring during winter, when homeless ...More
    March 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • 'Designer' Bacteria May Lead to Better Vaccines
    Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a menu of 61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria that may improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera and HPV. The strains of E. coli, which were described in a ...More
    January 15, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Biochip Technology Uses Tiny Whirlpools to Corral Microbes
    Researchers have demonstrated a new technology that combines a laser and electric fields to create tiny centrifuge-like whirlpools to separate particles and microbes by size, a potential lab-on-a-chip system for medicine and research. ...More
    January 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • Gingivitis Bacteria Manipulate Your Immune System So They Can Thrive in Your Gums
    A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease--Porphyromonas gingivalis--manipulates the body's immune system to disable normal processes that would otherwise destroy it. Specifically, the report ...More
    January 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • Achilles' Heel of Pathogenic Bacteria is Discovered
    Multidrug-resistant bacteria remain a major concern for hospitals and nursing homes worldwide. Propagation of bacterial resistance is alarming and makes the search for new antimicrobials increasingly urgent. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry ...More
    December 17, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Says Bacterial Ecology Living on Humans Has Changed in the Last Century
    A University of Oklahoma-led study has demonstrated that ancient DNA can be used to understand ancient human microbiomes. The microbiomes from ancient people have broad reaching implications for understanding recent changes to human health, such as what good bacteria might ...More
    December 13, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Predator-Producing Bacteria
    A team led by Lora V. Hooper, an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and including UT Arlington assistant professor of biology Jorge Rodrigues, examined the bacteriophages, or phages, produced by genetic ...More
    December 12, 2012 Posted in News
  • Gut Bacteria's Collection of Genomes is Unique, Remains Stable Over Time
    We all have E. coli bacteria in our gut but each of us carries a version that is genetically slightly different. The same can be said of most gut microbes: our own gut metagenome, that is the sum of all the genomes of all our gut microbes, appears to be really specific to ...More
    December 6, 2012 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Hijack Host Cell Process, Create Their Own Food Supply to Become Infectious
    Bacteria that cause the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis in humans create their own food supply by hijacking a process in host cells that normally should help kill the pathogenic bugs, scientists have found. This bacterium, Anaplasma phagocytophilum (Ap), secretes a protein ...More
    November 30, 2012 Posted in News
  • Engineered Bacteria Sacrifice Themselves for the Good of the Bacterial Population
    Scientists have engineered bacteria that are capable of sacrificing themselves for the good of the bacterial population. These altruistically inclined bacteria, which are described online in the journal Molecular Systems Biology, can be used to demonstrate the conditions ...More
    November 21, 2012 Posted in News