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  • Bacterial Survival Strategy: Splitting Into Virulent and Non-Virulent Subtypes
    Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered a survival strategy that harmful bacteria can use to outsmart the human immune response, resulting in more severe and persistent infections and more effective spreading from person to person. ...More
    February 7, 2017 Posted in News
  • Scientists Describe Molecular Interactions to Predict Bacterial Battles
    The enemies were thrown together, so the killing began. Brandishing harpoon-like appendages covered in poison, two armies of cholera bacteria stabbed each other, rupturing victims like water balloons. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology tracked the battle over ...More
    February 6, 2017 Posted in News
  • Hospitals Will Soon Be Able to Rapidly Identify Life-threatening Bacteria
    Soon in virtually every hospital it will be possible to identify the bacterial species responsible for an infection developing in a patient in a matter of just a few minutes. A new, easy-to-adapt and inexpensive analytical procedure has been developed by researchers from ...More
    January 25, 2017 Posted in News
  • Manipulating Signals in Bacteria Could Reduce Illnesses
    The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy has received a five-year, $1.25 million federal grant to continue its research into how bacteria that cause streptococcal infections can be manipulated. By studying the chemical signals of bacteria, Michael Federle, ...More
    January 12, 2017 Posted in News
  • New Type of Monitoring Provides Information About the Life of Bacteria in Microdroplets
    In the future, it will be possible to carry out tests of new drugs on bacteria much more efficiently using microfluidic devices, since each of the hundreds and thousands of droplets moving through the microchannels can act as separate incubators. So far, however, there has ...More
    January 11, 2017 Posted in News
  • Research Describes How Bacteria Resists Last-Resort Antibiotic
    An international research team, led by the University of Bristol, has provided the first clues to understand how the mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from colistin, a last-resort antibiotic used to treat life-threatening bacterial infections that do not respond to other ...More
    January 6, 2017 Posted in News
  • Can Bacteria Help Stop the Spread of Disease?
    Mosquitoes kill an estimated 700 000 people a year. If infected with viruses that cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue and Zika, mosquitos can transmit them to humans in one bite. Researchers have now pilot-deployed a new technique to control diseases transmitted by ...More
    December 30, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Reveal the Secret Code Language of Bacteria
    Antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria is a growing global challenge. Danish researchers have now discovered that bacteria use a code language to avoid being controlled. Understanding this code language will be paramount to developing new antibiotics in the future. ...More
    December 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • DNA Markers Distinguish Between Harmless and Deadly Bacteria
    The virulent pathogen that causes the disease tularemia, or "rabbit fever," was weaponized during past world wars and is considered a potential bioweapon. Through a new study of the coccobacillus Francisella, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers are working to use DNA ...More
    December 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • How Bacteria Survive Antibiotic Treatment
    Scientists around the world are working hard to win the battle against multidrug-resistant bacteria. A new publication from the BASP Centre at the University of Copenhagen now presents how even sensitive bacteria often manage to survive antibiotic treatment as so-called ...More
    December 19, 2016 Posted in News