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  • Iron Regulators Join the War on Pathogens
    Proteins responsible for controlling levels of iron in the body also play an important role in combatting infection, according to a study published today in Cell Host & Microbe. Humans -- along with all living organisms, including pathogens -- need iron to survive: ...More
    July 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Drug-Resistant Bacteria Possess Natural Ability to Become Vulnerable to Antibiotics
    Infections with one of the most troublesome and least understood antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" are increasing at alarming rates, particularly in healthcare settings. But new research, published July 13 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early ...More
    July 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • The Shape of Bacteria is Evolving to Better Adapt to the Throat
    It's no coincidence that the earthworm's slender shape makes it perfect for weaving through narrow tunnels. Evolution molds the shapes of living creatures according to the benefits they offer. At the microscopic level, do the various shapes of bacteria also contribute to ...More
    July 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Bacterial Cell Cycle Regulation
    As part of their long-term investigation of regulatory factors in the bacterial cell cycle, molecular biologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst now report finding a surprising new role for one factor, CpdR, an adaptor that helps to regulate selective protein ...More
    June 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Mount Sinai Scientists Develop New Technique for Analyzing the Epigenetics of Bacteria
    Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a new technique to more precisely analyze bacterial populations, to reveal epigenetic mechanisms that can drive virulence. The new methods hold the promise of a potent new tool to offset the growing ...More
    June 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • Method Reveals What Bacteria Sense in Their Surroundings
    A new, rapid method is helping detect how bacteria sense and respond to changes in their environment. Bacteria can pick up external signals, which then relay to internal signaling pathways that direct their behavior. This surveillance also can trigger survival tactics for a ...More
    June 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Microscope Technique Could Speed Identification of Deadly Bacteria
    A new way of rapidly identifying bacteria, which requires a slight modification to a simple microscope, may change the way doctors approach treatment for patients who develop potentially deadly infections and may also help the food industry screen against contamination with ...More
    June 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Discovery of How Bacteria Survive Antibiotics May Improve Treatment of Infectious Diseases
    Infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause, but treatment often fails because a small fraction of bacterial cells can transiently survive antibiotics and recolonize the body. A study published June 4 in Molecular Cell reveals that these ...More
    June 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacteria May Cause Type 2 Diabetes
    Bacteria and viruses have an obvious role in causing infectious diseases, but microbes have also been identified as the surprising cause of other illnesses, including cervical cancer (human papillomavirus) and stomach ulcers (H. pylori bacteria). A new study by University ...More
    June 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Rockefeller Scientists Resolve Debate Over How Many Bacteria Fight Off Invaders
    Every inch of our body, inside and out, is covered with bacteria. In fact, the human body carries 10 times the number of bacterial cells as human cells. Many are our friends, helping us digest food and fight off infections, for instance. But much about these abundant ...More
    May 7, 2015 Posted in News