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  • Three Bacteria Families Responsible for Nearly 60 Percent of Meningococcal Cases
    Scientists at Oxford University have identified the key groups of bacteria responsible for the majority of meningococcal disease cases in England and Wales over the past 20 years. Genome analysis of 899 individual bacterial isolates revealed the presence of 20 families, or ...More
    October 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • Biologists Discover That Bacteria Communicate Like Neurons in the Brain
    Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that bacteria--often viewed as lowly, solitary creatures--are actually quite sophisticated in their social interactions and communicate with one another through similar electrical signaling mechanisms as neurons in the human brain. ...More
    October 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • E. coli More Virulent When Accompanied by Beneficial Bacteria
    Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E.coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers believe they ...More
    September 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • ASU Team Develops Quick Way to Determine Bacteria's Antibiotic Resistance
    Bacteria’s ability to become resistant to antibiotics is a growing issue in health care: Resistant strains result in prolonged illnesses and higher mortality rates. One way to combat this is to determine bacteria’s antibiotic resistance in a given patient, but ...More
    September 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • UCSB Researchers Demonstrate How Gram-Negative Bacteria Deliver Toxins to Kill Neighboring Bacteria
    It's bacteria against bacteria, and one of them is going down. Two UC Santa Barbara graduate students have demonstrated how certain microbes exploit proteins in nearby bacteria to deliver toxins and kill them. The mechanisms behind this bacterial warfare, the researchers ...More
    August 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Biologist Investigates How Gene-Swapping Bacteria Evade Antibiotics
    A scientific peek into bacteria boudoirs is revealing how "sex" among disease-causing microbes can lead different species or strains to become resistant to antibiotic medications. Dr. Kelli Palmer, assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at ...More
    August 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Use Toxins to Turn Our Own Bodies Against Us
    Researchers who have revealed a highly efficient way that bacteria use toxins to interrupt the immune response say that until now, the trickery of these toxins has been underappreciated in science. Bacteria harm the body by releasing toxins -- proteins that are ...More
    August 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Bacteria That Prevent Type 1 Diabetes
    Our bodies have 10 times the number of microbes than human cells. This set of bacteria is called microbiota. In some instances, bacterial pathogens can cause infectious diseases. However, these microorganisms can also protect us from certain diseases. Researchers from ...More
    August 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • Tracing the Evolution of a Drug-Resistant Pathogen
    To fight a pathogen that’s highly resistant to antibiotics, first understand how it gets that way. Klebsiella pneumoniae strains that carry a particular enzyme are known for “their ability to survive any antibiotics you throw at them,” says Corey Hudson of ...More
    July 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Sweet Revenge: A Synthetic Sugar Could Fight Superbugs
    A special type of synthetic sugar could be the latest weapon in the fight against superbugs. A team of scientists from the University of Queensland and Queensland biotechnology company Alchemia have discovered a potential new class of antibiotics inspired by sugar molecules ...More
    July 21, 2015 Posted in News