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  • Study Finds Vast Diversity Among Viruses That Infect Bacteria
    Viruses that infect bacteria are among the most abundant life forms on Earth. Our oceans and soils, and potentially even our own bodies, would be overrun with bacteria were it not for bacteria-eating viruses--called bacteriophages--that keep the microbial balance in check. ...More
    March 24, 2016 Posted in News
  • Electrically Induced Arrangement Improves Bacteria Detectors
    Viruses that attack bacteria -- bacteriophages -- can be fussy: they only inject their genetic material into the bacteria that suit them. The fussiness of bacteriophages can be exploited in order to detect specific species of bacteria. Scientists from Warsaw have just ...More
    December 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacteriophage Treatment Decontaminates Infant Formula
    A phage -- viruses that infect only bacteria -- showed strong antimicrobial activity against a type of food-borne bacterium that often kills infants after infecting them via infant formula. The research was published Oct. 23 online in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, ...More
    October 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Use Bacteriophages to Treat MRSA
    Senior molecular biology major Jacob Hatch knows MRSA as the infection that took his dad's leg. Hatch was thousands of miles away on an LDS (Mormon) mission when methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus decalcified the bones in his dad's foot and lower leg, leading to an ...More
    September 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • Viruses Flourish in the Guts of Healthy Babies
    Bacteria aren't the only nonhuman invaders to colonize the gut shortly after a baby's birth. Viruses also set up house there, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. All together, these invisible residents are thought to play ...More
    September 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Turn the Tables on Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Infecting Them with Bacteriophages
    Every year, drug-resistant infections kill more than 50,000 people across Europe and the United States, and hundreds of thousands more around the world. According to the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance commissioned by the UK prime minister, failing to address the growing ...More
    February 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Virus Grows Tube to Insert DNA During Infection Then Sheds It
    Researchers have discovered a tube-shaped structure that forms temporarily in a certain type of virus to deliver its DNA during the infection process and then dissolves after its job is completed. The researchers discovered the mechanism in the phiX174 virus, which attacks ...More
    December 16, 2013 Posted in News
  • 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
  • Bacteriophages Battle Superbugs
    Institute of Food Research (IFR) microbiologists are reinvigorating a way of battling C. difficile infections that they hope will help overcome the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals. Our digestive system is home to trillions of bacteria, which ...More
    July 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Using Bacteriophages to Prevent Infections on Medical Implant Materials
    Viruses that infect and kill bacteria — used to treat infections in the pre-antibiotic era a century ago — may have a new role in preventing formation of the sticky biofilms of bacteria responsible for infections on implanted medical devices. That's the topic of a report in ...More
    May 9, 2013 Posted in News
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