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  • Scientists Uncover the Way a Common Cell Enzyme Alerts the Body to Invading Bacteria
    Biomedical investigators at Cedars-Sinai have identified an enzyme found in all human cells that alerts the body to invading bacteria and jump-starts the immune system. In their study, published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Cell, the investigators provide clues to ...More
    August 24, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover New Mechanism for Killing Pathogenic Bacteria
    Bacteria that cause tuberculosis, leprosy and other diseases, survive by switching between two different types of metabolism. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) scientists have now discovered that this switch is controlled by a mechanism that ...More
    August 24, 2016 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Show Capacity for Rapid, Beneficial Mutations
    Scientists studying how microbes evolve have long assumed that nearly all new genetic mutations get passed down at a predictable pace and usually without either helping or hurting the microbe in adapting to its environment. In a new study published in the journal Nature, an ...More
    August 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • USF Researchers Find Dangerous Bacteria After Sewer Spills
    University of South Florida researchers investigating the aftermath of a September, 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Fla., have found dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the untreated wastewater that gushed into neighborhoods and into Boca Ciega Bay at a rate ...More
    July 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists are Fighting Life-Threatening Bacteria Without Antibiotics
    Patients suffering from liver cirrhosis often die of life-threatening bacterial infections. In these patients the immune cells are unable to eliminate the bacterial infections. Scientist at the University of Bonn and TU Munich have now discovered that type I IFN released by ...More
    July 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Simple Method Tests Hard-to-Treat Bacteria's Susceptibility to Different Antibiotics
    The recent emergence of bacterial infections that are resistant to many existing antibiotics is driving an urgent need for tools to quickly identify the small number of therapies that are still effective for individual patients. Currently, multidrug-resistant bacteria often ...More
    July 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Deadly Bacteria Share Weapons to Outsmart Antibiotics
    Bacteria are rapidly developing resistance mechanisms to combat even the most effective antibiotics. Each year in the United States over 23,000 people die as a result of bacterial infections that have no treatment options, according to the Centers for Disease Control. ...More
    July 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • Deadly Bug Strikes in a Day
    A deadly bacteria that can be picked up by a simple sniff can travel to the brain and spinal cord in just 24 hours, a new Griffith University and Bond University study has found. The pathogenic bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the potentially fatal disease ...More
    July 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study How the Bacterial Protective Shell Adapts to Challenging Environments
    Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have published new findings on the adaptation of the bacterial cell wall in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The study reveals novel bacterial defense mechanisms against the immune system and how they can become ...More
    July 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Found in Female Upper Reproductive Tract, Once Thought Sterile
    They're inside our gut, on the skin, and in the mouth. Thousands of different types of micro-organisms live in and on the body, playing helpful roles in digestion or in aiding the body's natural defense system. Now, scientists at the University of North Carolina Lineberger ...More
    June 3, 2016 Posted in News