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  • 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
  • ATM Keypads Reveal a City's DNA
    Automated teller machine (ATM) keypads in New York City hold microbes from human skin, household surfaces, or traces of food, a study by researchers at New York University has found. The work shows that ATMs can provide a repository to offer a picture of a city’s ...More
    November 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria From Chickens Pose Risk to Human Health
    Isolates of a common poultry pathogen collected from animals in Indian bird markets were mostly resistant to multiple classes of antibiotics. The study provides the first data on prevalence and isolation of Helicobacter pullorum in India. The research is published November ...More
    November 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Engineers Design a New Weapon Against Bacteria
    Over the past few decades, many bacteria have become resistant to existing antibiotics, and few new drugs have emerged. A recent study from a U.K. commission on antimicrobial resistance estimated that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections will kill 10 million ...More
    November 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • Natural Products Inspire the Design of Molecular Agents Against Drug-Resistant Bacterial Strains
    Many microorganisms produce secondary natural products, the potential antibiotic effects of which are extensively investigated. German scientists have now examined a class of quinone-like substances containing an additional epoxide functional group for their antibiotic ...More
    October 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Cranberry Disrupts Bacteria's Ability to Communicate, Spread and Become Virulent
    Scientists from McGill University and INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier in Canada recently released a novel investigation showing that cranberry extract successfully interrupted the communication between bacteria associated with problematic and pervasive infections. The authors ...More
    October 25, 2016 Posted in News