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  • Modifying Bacterial Lipids Can Label and Target Bacteria, Spare Healthy Cells
    Targeting deadly, drug-resistant bacteria poses a serious challenge to researchers looking for antibiotics that can kill pathogens without causing collateral damage in human cells. A team of Boston College chemists details a new approach using a "warhead" molecule to attack ...More
    March 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • Link Identified Between Virus Recognition, Destruction in Bacterial Immune System
    An immune system that helps bacteria combat viruses is yielding unlikely results such as the ability to edit genome sequences and potentially correct mutations that cause human disease. University of Georgia researchers Michael and Rebecca Terns were among the first to ...More
    March 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Virus-Cutting Enzyme Helps Bacteria Remember a Threat
    Bacteria may not have brains, but they do have memories, at least when it comes to viruses that attack them. Many bacteria have a molecular immune system which allows these microbes to capture and retain pieces of viral DNA that they have encountered in the past, in order ...More
    February 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Connect to Each Other and Exchange Nutrients
    Bacteria usually live in species-rich communities and frequently exchange nutrients and other metabolites. Until now, it was unclear whether microorganisms exchange metabolites exclusively by releasing them into the surrounding environment or whether they also use direct ...More
    February 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study the Influence of Host Organisms on Bacterial Metabolism
    Monika Ehling-Schulz's group from the Institute of Microbiology, together with Mathias Müller's group at the Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics studied the influence of host organisms on bacterial metabolism. The researchers infected three different lineages of ...More
    February 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Mutant Bacteria That Keep on Growing
    The typical Escherichia coli, the laboratory rat of microbiology, is a tiny 1-2 thousandths of a millimeter long. Now, by blocking cell division, two researchers at Concordia University in Montreal have grown E. coli that stretch three quarters of a millimeter. That's up to ...More
    February 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Forgotten Bacterium is the Cause of Many Severe Sore Throats in Young Adults
    New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that Fusobacterium necrophorum more often causes severe sore throats in young adults than streptococcus — the cause of the much better known strep throat. The findings, published today in the Annals of ...More
    February 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Mothers Can Pass Traits to Offspring Through Bacteria's DNA
    It's a firmly established fact straight from Biology 101: Traits such as eye color and height are passed from one generation to the next through the parents' DNA. But now, a new study in mice by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown ...More
    February 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Take First X-ray Portraits of Living Bacteria at the LCLS
    Researchers working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the first X-ray portraits of living bacteria. This milestone, reported in the Feb. 11 issue of Nature Communications, is a first step toward possible X-ray ...More
    February 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How Bacteria Coordinate the Timing and Location of Subcellular Processes
    Not unlike an urban restaurant, the success of a bacterial cell depends on three things: localization, localization and localization. But the complete set of controls by which bacteria control the movement of proteins and other essential biological materials globally within ...More
    February 9, 2015 Posted in News