• How Quickly Can a Bacterium Grow?
    All living things must obey the laws of physics — including the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the universe's disorder, or entropy, can only grow. Highly ordered cells and organisms appear to contradict this principle, but they actually do conform because ...More
    August 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • UIC Scientist Waging War Against Bacteria
    Michael Federle believes bacteria are smarter than many scientists give them credit for. By studying quorum sensing — the means by which bacteria cells communicate with one another — Federle, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy at the University of ...More
    July 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop New Methods to Visualize Bacterial Cell-to-Cell Communication
    Researchers at the University of Basel have developed a live-cell fluorescent labeling that makes bacterial cell-to-cell communication pathways visible. The communication between bacterial cells is essential in the regulation of processes within bacterial populations, such ...More
    July 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Target the Achilles' Heel of the Bacteria Triggering Many HAIs
    Kansas State University researchers are defeating persistent bacteria known for causing infections in hospitals.The bacteria, Enterococcus faecalis, are the second-leading cause of hospital-associated infections in the U.S., says Lynn Hancock, associate professor of biology ...More
    July 17, 2013 Posted in News
  • Biochemists Identify Protease Substrates Important to Bacterial Growth
    Reporting this month in Molecular Microbiology, Peter Chien and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst describe using a combination of biochemistry and mass spectrometry to “trap” scores of new candidate substrates of the protease ClpXP to reveal how protein ...More
    June 26, 2013 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Research Leads to More Effective Treatment of Complex Infections
    Bacteria are life forms, which, like all other life forms, struggle for the best living conditions for themselves. Therefore they will try to avoid getting attacked by the human immune system, and therefore they have developed various ways to protect themselves from the ...More
    May 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Study the Many Faces of the Bacterial Defense System
    Even bacteria have a kind of “immune system” they use to defend themselves against unwanted intruders – in their case, viruses. Scientists at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany, were now able to show that this defense system is much ...More
    May 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • Flu and Bacteria: Better Prognosis for This Potentially Fatal Combination
    Scientists from the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna have provided insights into how much harm bacteria can cause to the lung of people having the flu. An infection with both the flu and bacteria can be a ...More
    April 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • Bacteria May Contribute to Premature Births, STDs
    New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis points to a common species of bacteria as an important contributor to bacterial vaginosis, a condition linked to preterm birth and increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. The condition affects 1 ...More
    April 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Security Agents Go Rogue
    CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a system of genes that bacteria use to defend themselves against viruses, has been found to be involved in helping some bacteria evade the mammalian immune system. The results were published April 14 in ...More
    April 15, 2013 Posted in News