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  • 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
  • New Study Shows Viruses Can Have Immune Systems
    A study published today in the journal Nature reports that a viral predator of the cholera bacteria has stolen the functional immune system of bacteria and is using it against its bacterial host. The study provides the first evidence that this type of virus, the ...More
    February 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Predator-Producing Bacteria
    A team led by Lora V. Hooper, an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and including UT Arlington assistant professor of biology Jorge Rodrigues, examined the bacteriophages, or phages, produced by genetic ...More
    December 12, 2012 Posted in News
  • Viruses Help Scientists Battle Pathogenic Bacteria and Improve Water Supply
    Infectious bacteria received a taste of their own medicine from University of Missouri researchers who used viruses to infect and kill colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common disease-causing bacteria. The viruses, known as bacteriophages, could be used to efficiently ...More
    September 24, 2012 Posted in News
  • Newly Discovered Reservoir of Antibiotic Resistance Genes
    Waters polluted by the ordure of pigs, poultry, or cattle represent a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes, both known and potentially novel. These resistance genes can be spread among different bacterial species by bacteriophage, bacteria-infecting viruses, according ...More
    October 20, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Understanding a Bacterial Immune System One Step at a Time
    Researchers at the University of Alberta have taken an important step in understanding an immune system of bacteria, a finding that could have implications for medical care and both the pharmaceutical and dairy industries. In research published in the journal Nature ...More
    May 17, 2011 Posted in News