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  • 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
  • How Pathogenic Bacteria Hang On to Mucosa and Avoid Exfoliation
    Mucous surfaces in the nose, throat, lungs, intestine, and genital tract are points of first contact for many pathogens. As a defensive strategy, most animals (and humans) can rapidly exfoliate these surfaces (i.e., shed the surface layer) to get rid of any attached ...More
    May 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • When Beneficial Bacteria 'Knock' But No One is Home
    The community of beneficial bacteria that live in our intestines, known as the gut microbiome, are important for the development and function of the immune system. There has been growing evidence that certain probiotics--therapies that introduce beneficial bacteria into the ...More
    May 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Use Traffic Cop-Like Mechanism to Infect Gut
    A study has found that a syringe-like device used to invade intestinal cells also acts as a traffic cop -- directing bacteria where to go and thereby enabling them to efficiently carry out infection.  The findings by researchers at Washington State University and ...More
    May 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal the Secret of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
    Researchers from the Scientific Research Institute of Physical-Chemical Medicine, MIPT, the company M&S Decisions and the research department of Yandex have built a computer model of the interaction between different bacteria, and between bacteria and the gut wall. This ...More
    April 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Sharpen View of Gene Transfer Between Pathogenic Bacteria
    Bacteria possess the ability to take up DNA from their environment, a skill that enables them to acquire new genes for antibiotic resistance or to escape the immune response. Scientists have now mapped the core set of genes that are consistently controlled during DNA uptake ...More
    April 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Pancreatic Cancer Risk Tied to Specific Mouth Bacteria
    The presence of certain bacteria in the mouth may reveal increased risk for pancreatic cancer and enable earlier, more precise treatment. This is the main finding of a study led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center to ...More
    April 19, 2016 Posted in News