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  • Sneaky Bacteria Change Key Protein's Shape to Escape Detection
    Every once in a while in the U.S., bacterial meningitis seems to crop up out of nowhere, claiming a young life. Part of the disease's danger is the ability of the bacteria to evade the body's immune system, but scientists are now figuring out how the pathogen hides in plain ...More
    May 28, 2014 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Can Linger on Airplane Cabin Surfaces for Days
    Disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces commonly found in airplane cabins for days, even up to a week, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. "Many air travelers are concerned about the risks of catching a ...More
    May 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Hijacking Bacteria's Natural Defenses to Trap and Reveal Pathogens
    The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Materials, could offer an easier way of detecting pathogenic bacteria outside of a clinical setting and could be particularly important for the developing world, where access to more sophisticated laboratory techniques is ...More
    May 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • IU Biologists Receive $6.2 Million to Advance Research on Bacterial Evolution
    Indiana University biologists will receive more than $6.2 million from the U.S. Army Research Office to study how bacteria evolve in response to both their internal, population-influenced environments and their external natural environment. ...More
    May 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Offer New Insights on Skin Bacteria
    We spend our lives covered head-to-toe in a thin veneer of bacteria. But despite a growing appreciation for the valuable roles our resident microbes play in the digestive tract, little is known about the bacteria that reside in and on our skin. A new study suggests the ...More
    April 29, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Flowing Water Can Slow Down Bacteria, Impact Biofilm Formation
    In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine ecosystems, and for our ...More
    February 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Dental Plaque Bacteria Preserved for 1,000 Years Similar to That Found in Oral Cavities Today
    When a University of Oklahoma researcher and an international team of experts analyzed the dental calculus or plaque from teeth preserved for 1,000 years, the results revealed human health and dietary information never seen before. The team discovered disease-causing ...More
    February 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Slim, Attractive Men Have Less Nasal Bacteria Than Heavy Men
    Do attractive traits tell us anything about a person’s reproductive health? New research in the American Journal of Human Biology reveals a link between body mass index (BMI) and the amount of bacteria colonizing noses. The results show that heavier men harbor more ...More
    February 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Two New Weapons in the Battle Against Bacteria
    Proteases are vital proteins that serve for order within cells. They break apart other proteins, ensuring that these are properly synthesized and decomposed. Proteases are also responsible for the pathogenic effects of many kinds of bacteria. Now, chemists at the Technische ...More
    February 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Small RNAs Coordinate Bacterial Attack on Epithelial Cells
    Two small RNAs (sRNAs) working in concert enable the deadly enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) 0157:H7 to attach to and initiate infection in epithelial cells that line the digestive tract, according to a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of ...More
    January 14, 2014 Posted in News