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  • Biologists Discover 'Timesharing' Strategy in Bacteria
    Timesharing, researchers have found, isn’t only for vacation properties. While the idea of splitting getaway condos in exotic destinations among various owners has been popular in real estate for decades, biologists at the University of California San Diego have ...More
    April 7, 2017 Posted in News
  • How Gut Inflammation Drives the Evolution of Harmful Bacteria
    Inflammation in the gut helps bacterial viruses spread to other strains of bacteria and promotes their success, a new study in mice finds. The results hint that using a vaccine that reduces gut inflammation may be helpful in treating some infections. Bacteriophages, or ...More
    March 16, 2017 Posted in News
  • Biologists Uncover a New Way That Bacteria Lay Siege to Neighboring Cells
    Bacteria have evolved some seriously complex strategies to communicate with one another, and the resulting interactions are a delicate balance of cooperation and, in some cases, competition. These intraspecies exchanges take place within contact-dependent growth inhibition ...More
    March 15, 2017 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues List of Bacteria for Which New Antibiotics are Needed Urgently
    The World Health Organization (WHO) today published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote ...More
    February 27, 2017 Posted in News
  • New Algorithm Identifies Gene Transfers Between Different Bacterial Species
    Gene transfers are particularly common in the antibiotic-resistance genes of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. When mammals breed, the genome of the offspring is a combination of the parents' genomes. Bacteria, by contrast, reproduce through cell division. In theory, this ...More
    February 24, 2017 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Remodel Their Genes to Infect Intestines
    Infectious diarrhea, a common disease of children, is responsible for more than 2 million infant deaths annually in developing counties alone. A primary cause of this and other devastating conditions is enteropathogenic bacteria, which attack the intestinal tract when ...More
    February 22, 2017 Posted in News
  • Rice University Study Probes Microbe, Virus Co-Evolution
    A Rice University study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune system. CRISPR is an acquired immune system that allows bacteria and ...More
    February 21, 2017 Posted in News
  • Study Showing How Bacteria Gets Into the Lungs Could Help Disease Research
    They traveled a huge distance, evaded a protective barrier, and found themselves in a strange and unwelcoming land. They're looked at suspiciously for possible links to dangerous diseases, and are under constant threat of being expelled from their adopted home. Their ...More
    February 21, 2017 Posted in News
  • Technology Reveals Biochemical Clockwork Behind Cell Division in Bacteria
    A study reported Feb. 17 in the journal Science led by researchers at Indiana University and Harvard University is the first to reveal in extreme detail the operation of the biochemical clockwork that drives cellular division in bacteria. The discovery, made possible ...More
    February 17, 2017 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Sleep, Then Rapidly Evolve, to Survive Antibiotic Treatments
    Antibiotic resistance is a major and growing problem worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, and new resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening ...More
    February 13, 2017 Posted in News