• Study Finds Slim, Attractive Men Have Less Nasal Bacteria Than Heavy Men
    Do attractive traits tell us anything about a person’s reproductive health? New research in the American Journal of Human Biology reveals a link between body mass index (BMI) and the amount of bacteria colonizing noses. The results show that heavier men harbor more ...More
    February 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Two New Weapons in the Battle Against Bacteria
    Proteases are vital proteins that serve for order within cells. They break apart other proteins, ensuring that these are properly synthesized and decomposed. Proteases are also responsible for the pathogenic effects of many kinds of bacteria. Now, chemists at the Technische ...More
    February 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Small RNAs Coordinate Bacterial Attack on Epithelial Cells
    Two small RNAs (sRNAs) working in concert enable the deadly enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) 0157:H7 to attach to and initiate infection in epithelial cells that line the digestive tract, according to a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of ...More
    January 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • Research Uncovers Key Difference Between Our Bodies' Fight Against Viruses and Bacteria
    Scientists at the University of Nottingham have discovered a key difference in the biological mechanisms by which the immune system responds to viral and bacterial pathogens. The study, published in the journal Nature Immunology and led by Professor Uwe Vinkemeier in the ...More
    January 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Genetically Identical Bacteria Can Behave in Radically Different Ways
    Although a population of bacteria may be genetically identical, individual bacteria within that population can act in radically different ways. This phenomenon is crucial in the bacteria's struggle for survival. The more diversity a population of bacteria has, the more ...More
    January 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Toys, Books, Cribs Harbor Bacteria for Long Periods, Study Finds
    Numerous scientific studies have concluded that two common bacteria that cause colds, ear infections, strep throat and more serious infections cannot live for long outside the human body. So conventional wisdom has long held that these bacteria won't linger on inanimate ...More
    December 27, 2013 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • TAU Researchers Find a Protein That Viruses Use to Kill Bacteria
    In the arms race between bacteria and modern medicine, bacteria have gained an edge. In recent decades, bacterial resistance to antibiotics has developed faster than the production of new antibiotics, making bacterial infections increasingly difficult to treat. Scientists ...More
    December 2, 2013 Posted in News
  • ASU Scientists Develop Microfluidic Chip That Can Sort Good Germs From Bad
    Arizona State University (ASU) scientists have developed a microfluidic chip which can sort good germs from bad. Your intestines are home to about 100 trillion bacteria. That's more than the number of cells that comprise the entire human body. Armies of bacteria sneak into ...More
    December 2, 2013 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Use Lethal Cytotoxins to Evade Antibiotic Treatment
    Bacteria that cause infectious diseases produce a number of cytotoxins, and an international research team has now found the mechanism behind one of these toxins. The new results could make it possible in future to develop new treatment methods to impair the cytotoxic ...More
    November 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • How Zinc Starves Lethal Bacteria to Stop Infection
    Australian researchers have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the University of Adelaide and the University of Queensland, opens the way for ...More
    November 11, 2013 Posted in News