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  • Scientists Investigate How the 'Sense of Smell' Works in Bacteria
    Scientists from MIPT, in collaboration with their colleagues from the Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBaS) and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, have proposed a universal mechanism for the "sense of smell" in ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover a Safer Way to Study Brucella
    Brucellosis is an infectious disease of livestock that may be transmitted to farm workers or consumers of unpasteurized dairy products. Easy to spread and hard to detect, the bacteria that cause the illness, Brucella species, are considered potential bioterror weapons. Yet, ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Predatory Bacterium Kills Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria on Eyes
    Scientists have developed a new method to clear antibiotic resistant bacteria from the surface of the eye – introducing a new strain of bacteria that preys on other microorganisms.  The research is being presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Association for ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Quorum Sensing Helps Beneficial Bacteria Rein in Their Pathogenic Origins
    Many microbes are co-residents in our bodies, providing beneficial services in exchange for some of our resources. It’s a relationship called mutualism in which we provide a comfortable home, and they return the favor in myriad, interesting ways. Science is just ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • New Defense Mechanism Against Bacteria is Discovered
    Researchers in dermatology at Lund University in Sweden believe they have cracked the mystery of why we are able to quickly prevent an infection from spreading uncontrollably in the body during wounding. They believe this knowledge may be of clinical significance for ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Bacteria Take a Deadly Risk to Survive
    Bacteria need mutations -- changes in their DNA code -- to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in a recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Atomic-Level Motion May Drive Bacteria's Ability to Evade Immune System Defenses
    A study from Indiana University has found evidence that extremely small changes in how atoms move in bacterial proteins can play a big role in how these microorganisms function and evolve. The research, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of ...More
    April 21, 2017 Posted in News
  • Bacterial 'Supermachine' Reveals Streamlined Protein Assembly Line
    There are many processes that take place in cells that are essential for life. Two of these, transcription and translation, allow the genetic information stored in DNA to be deciphered into the proteins that form all living things, from bacteria to humans to plants. ...More
    April 14, 2017 Posted in News
  • Lice and Bacteria are Partners in Parasitism
    Head lice have been stigmatized, quickly conjuring images of infested school children and parents combing through their hair. This social stigma reaches many of the estimated 14 million people who are annually infested in the U.S. alone. However, these blood sucking lice ...More
    April 14, 2017 Posted in News
  • NSU Researchers Studying How to Disrupt Bacteria to Better Treat Infections
    Bacteria are everywhere. And despite widespread belief, not all bacteria are "bad." However, to combat those that can cause health issues for humans, there has been an over-reliance on the use of antibiotics -- so much so, that many of them are now proving ineffective due ...More
    April 12, 2017 Posted in News
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