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Escherichia Coli

  • Superbug Study Reveals How E. coli Strain Acquired Deadly Powers
    A strain of E. coli became a potentially fatal infection in the UK around 30 years ago, when it acquired a powerful toxin, a gene study has revealed.  The discovery helps to explain outbreaks of severe food poisoning that began in the 1980s. Scientists say their ...More
    3 weeks ago 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
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Flu Remedies Help Combat E. coli
    Trillions of bacteria populate the human gut, which makes them more common than any other cells in our body. The composition of this bacterial population is very variable and influenced by our diet. Diseases, but also antibiotic treatments can induce significant shifts in ...More
    August 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Engineers Turn E. coli Into Tiny Factories for Producing New Forms of Popular Antibiotic
    Like a dairy farmer tending to a herd of cows to produce milk, researchers are tending to colonies of the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) to produce new forms of antibiotics — including three that show promise in fighting drug-resistant bacteria. The research, ...More
    May 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • Mutant Bacteria That Keep on Growing
    The typical Escherichia coli, the laboratory rat of microbiology, is a tiny 1-2 thousandths of a millimeter long. Now, by blocking cell division, two researchers at Concordia University in Montreal have grown E. coli that stretch three quarters of a millimeter. That's up to ...More
    February 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • E. coli May Hold One of the Keys to Treating Parkinson's
    Researchers recently discovered a protein in E. coli that inhibits the accumulation of potentially toxic amyloids—a hallmark of diseases such as Parkinson's. Amyloids are formed by proteins that misfold and group together, and when amyloids assemble at the wrong place ...More
    January 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Chapman University Research on Farmers' Markets Shows Presence of Salmonella and E. coli
    Researchers in Chapman University’s Food Science Program and their collaborators at University of Washington have just published a study on the presence of Salmonella and E. coli on certain herbs sold at farmers’ markets. The study focused on farmers’ ...More
    December 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Microbiologists Discover How Gut Bacterial Resources are Hijacked to Promote Intestinal Illnesses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center microbiologists have identified key bacteria in the gut whose resources are hijacked to spread harmful foodborne E. coli infections and other intestinal illnesses. Though many E. coli bacteria are harmless and critical to gut health, some E. ...More
    December 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Testing for Drug-Resistant Bacteria Before Prostate Biopsy Can Reduce Infections
    Some infections after prostate biopsy due to drug-resistant Escherichia coli can be thwarted by simple rectal swab cultures prior to the procedure. The cultures test for antibiotic-resistant E. coli, and the findings are used to direct the selection of antimicrobial ...More
    December 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Control Adhesion of E. coli Bacteria
    A research team from Kiel University (CAU) and Goethe University Frankfurt has jointly created a synthetic surface on which the adhesion of E. coli bacteria can be controlled. The layer, which is only approximately four nanometers thick, imitates the saccharide coating ...More
    December 2, 2014 Posted in News
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