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Infection by pathogenic organisms and multidrug-resistant organisms are responsible for causing significant morbidity and mortality in the healthcare setting. Pathogens are transmitted via fomites and reservoirs, including the hands of healthcare workers, medical equipment and devices and other animate and inanimate objects that play a role in cross-contamination.

  • Rapid Retrieval of Live, Infectious Pathogens From Clinical Samples
    Pinpointing the type of bacteria that are at the root of an infection in clinical samples removed from living tissues, such as blood, urine or joint fluids, to quickly identify the best anti-microbial therapy still poses a formidable challenge. The standard method of ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Metagenomics Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change How Infectious Diseases are Diagnosed
    Scientists at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and IDbyDNA, Inc., have developed ultra-fast, meta-genomics analysis software called Taxonomer that dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of pathogen detection. In a paper published today in Genome Biology, the ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Microbe Menaces Emerging Infectious Diseases, Hospital Pathogens Remain an Ongoing Challenge
    This digital issue explores disease caused by emerging infectious threats as well as hospital pathogens, and the interventions – such as hand hygiene, contact precautions and environmental cleaning – that can be used to control and prevent infection ...More
    December 30, 2015 Posted in Digital Issues
  • Research Reveals How Bacterial Predators Kill Other Bugs Without Killing Themselves
    New research has revealed how a potentially useful predatory bacterium called Bdellovibrio protects itself against its own weapons when it invades other bacteria. The study by the labs of professor Liz Sockett and Dr. Andrew Lovering at the Universities of Nottingham and ...More
    December 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Molecular 'Kiss of Death' Flags Pathogens for Destruction
    Many bugs that make us sick -- bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites -- hide out in our cells in protective little bubbles called vacuoles. To clear an infection, the immune system must recognize and destroy these vacuoles while leaving the rest of the living cell intact. ...More
    September 29, 2015 Posted in News
  • Microbiologists Investigate How to Fight Opportunistic Pathogens
    The Department of Microbiology at Kazan Federal University is investigating factors which allow bacteria to persist in human body when exposed to high-strength antibiotics. The team is focused on Proteus, Morganella, Providencia, and Serratia genera, which all are ...More
    August 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Tracing the Evolution of a Drug-Resistant Pathogen
    To fight a pathogen that’s highly resistant to antibiotics, first understand how it gets that way. Klebsiella pneumoniae strains that carry a particular enzyme are known for “their ability to survive any antibiotics you throw at them,” says Corey Hudson of ...More
    July 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Transmission of Pathogens During 'Beer Pong' Game
    When the conversation fades and the food runs out, exuberant partygoers might turn to drinking games for their postprandial entertainment. But, be warned the ever-popular sport of "beer pong" could give you a little more than you bargained for, according to scientists ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Map Disease-Causing Pathogens
    Researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time mapped human disease-causing pathogens, dividing the world into a number of regions where similar diseases occur. The findings show that the world can be separated into seven regions for vectored human ...More
    December 3, 2014 Posted in News
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