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  • Recruiting Bacteria to be Technology Innovation Partners
    For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at the Wyss Institute ...More
    September 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Study Motion Patterns of Bacteria in Real Time
    A team of researchers at Boston University and Stanford University School of Medicine has developed a new model to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time and to determine how these motions relate to communication within a bacterial colony. The researchers ...More
    September 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Insights in Survival Strategies of Bacteria
    Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics. A biofilm is a bacterial community that is surrounded by a protective slime ...More
    September 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • How Bacteria Battle Fluoride
    Researchers have determined key structural differences that allow a subset of CLC transporters to preferentially select fluoride over chloride, which can help bacteria expel toxic fluoride. The binding site of a standard CLC transporter is shown here. He’s not a ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Harbor Secret Weapons Against Antibiotics
    The ability of pathogenic bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotic drugs poses a growing threat to human health worldwide. And scientists have now discovered that some of our microscopic enemies may be even craftier than we suspected, using hidden genetic changes to ...More
    September 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Targeting the Protein-Making Machinery to Stop Harmful Bacteria
    One challenge in killing off harmful bacteria is that many of them develop a resistance to antibiotics. Researchers at the University of Rochester are targeting the formation of the protein-making machinery in those cells as a possible alternate way to stop the bacteria. ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Smelly Clothes? Blame it on the Bacteria
    Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by their wearers, because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. In the study, the ...More
    September 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Discovery Reveals How Bacteria Distinguish Harmful Versus Helpful Viruses
    When they are not busy attacking us, germs go after each other. But when viruses invade bacteria, it doesn’t always spell disaster for the infected microbes: Sometimes viruses actually carry helpful genes that a bacterium can harness to, say, expand its diet or better ...More
    September 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Harnessing the Power of Bacteria's Sophisticated Immune System
    Bacteria’s ability to destroy viruses has long puzzled scientists, but researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say they now have a clear picture of the bacterial immune system and say its unique shape is likely why bacteria can so quickly ...More
    August 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Suggests Bacteria Help Program Metabolic Development
    A new study published today in Cell suggests that antibiotic exposure during a critical window of early development disrupts the bacterial landscape of the gut, home to trillions of diverse microbes, and permanently reprograms the body’s metabolism, setting up a ...More
    August 14, 2014 Posted in News