• 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
  • Census of Microbes in Healthy Humans is Reported
    Trillions of microbes inhabit the human body, occupying virtually every nook and cranny. And most of the time, this relationship is a friendly one, with microbes helping to digest food, strengthen the immune system and ward off dangerous pathogens. But despite their ...More
    June 13, 2012 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Changes in the Gut May Trigger Diseases Like Rheumatoid Arthritis
    The billions of bugs in our guts have a newfound role: regulating the immune system and related autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Larger-than-normal populations of ...More
    June 12, 2012 Posted in News
  • Kill the Germs, Spare the Ears: Encouraging Study Shows How
    The world needs new antibiotics to overcome the ever increasing resistance of disease-causing bacteria – but it doesn’t need the side effect that comes with some of the most powerful ones now available: hearing loss. Today, researchers report they have developed a new ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal Structure of Bacterial 'Armor'
    An international team of scientists, funded in the UK by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has uncovered the structure of the protective protein coat which surrounds many bacteria like a miniature suit of armor. Their research, published ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Discovery of Bacteria Survival Trick Opens Door to New Kinds of Therapeutics
    Learning the secrets of how pathogenic bacteria manage to survive in the body of an animal or human may carry great implications for future development of new and better medical treatments. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have unraveled one ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Long-Ignored Enzyme is Key to Killing Infectious Bacteria
    New research shows that an enzyme that has long been considered relatively useless to the immune response instead has an important role in setting up immune cells to kill infection-causing bacteria. Ohio State University scientists have determined that this enzyme, called ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News