• Commensal Bacteria Help Fight Viruses
    Healthy humans harbor an enormous and diverse group of bacteria and other bugs that live within their intestines. These microbial partners provide beneficial aid in multiple ways – from helping digest food to the development of a healthy immune system. In a new study ...More
    June 18, 2012 Posted in News
  • Census of Microbes in Healthy Humans is Reported
    Trillions of microbes inhabit the human body, occupying virtually every nook and cranny. And most of the time, this relationship is a friendly one, with microbes helping to digest food, strengthen the immune system and ward off dangerous pathogens. But despite their ...More
    June 13, 2012 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Changes in the Gut May Trigger Diseases Like Rheumatoid Arthritis
    The billions of bugs in our guts have a newfound role: regulating the immune system and related autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Larger-than-normal populations of ...More
    June 12, 2012 Posted in News
  • Kill the Germs, Spare the Ears: Encouraging Study Shows How
    The world needs new antibiotics to overcome the ever increasing resistance of disease-causing bacteria – but it doesn’t need the side effect that comes with some of the most powerful ones now available: hearing loss. Today, researchers report they have developed a new ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal Structure of Bacterial 'Armor'
    An international team of scientists, funded in the UK by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has uncovered the structure of the protective protein coat which surrounds many bacteria like a miniature suit of armor. Their research, published ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Discovery of Bacteria Survival Trick Opens Door to New Kinds of Therapeutics
    Learning the secrets of how pathogenic bacteria manage to survive in the body of an animal or human may carry great implications for future development of new and better medical treatments. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have unraveled one ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Long-Ignored Enzyme is Key to Killing Infectious Bacteria
    New research shows that an enzyme that has long been considered relatively useless to the immune response instead has an important role in setting up immune cells to kill infection-causing bacteria. Ohio State University scientists have determined that this enzyme, called ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease May Have Shaped Human Origins
    Roughly 100,000 years ago, human evolution reached a mysterious bottleneck: Our ancestors had been reduced to perhaps 5,000 to 10,000 individuals living in Africa. In time, “behaviorally modern” humans would emerge from this population, expanding dramatically in both number ...More
    June 5, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Work Together to Achieve Milestone Against Deadly Diseases
    Investigators at the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases (CSGID) and the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease (SSGCID) announced today that they reached a significant milestone by determining 1,000 protein structures from infectious ...More
    June 5, 2012 Posted in News
  • Fighting Bacteria's Strength in Numbers
    Scientists at the University of Nottingham have opened the way for more accurate research into new ways to fight dangerous bacterial infections by proving a long-held theory about how bacteria communicate with each other. Researchers in the University’s School of Molecular ...More
    May 17, 2012 Posted in News