Staphylococcus Aureus


  • Evolution of Staph Superbug Traced Between Humans and Livestock
    A strain of the potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant bacterium known as MRSA has jumped from livestock to humans, according to a new study involving two Northern Arizona University researchers. Paul Keim, Regents’ professor and director of NAU’s Center for Microbial ...More
    February 21, 2012 Posted in News
  • Rainforest Plant Combats Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Strains
    Aggressive infections in hospitals are an increasing health problem worldwide. Now, a young Danish scientist has found a natural substance in a Chilean rainforest plant that effectively supports the effect of traditional treatment with antibiotics. Jes Gitz Holler, from the ...More
    February 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • New Test Uses Mass Spectrometry to Rapidly Detect Staph Infections
    Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a new laboratory test that can rapidly identify the bacterium responsible for staph infections. This new test takes advantage of unique isotopic ...More
    January 12, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Livestock-Related Staphylococcus Strain in Childcare Worker
    A new strain of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria associated with exposure to livestock was recently discovered in one Iowa childcare worker who reported no contact with livestock, according to University of Iowa researchers. The discovery was an unexpected finding in a study ...More
    May 6, 2011 Posted in News
  • Research Shows How Pathogenic Bacteria Hide Inside Host Cells
    A new study into Staphylococcus aureus, the bacterium which is responsible for severe chronic infections worldwide, reveals how bacteria have developed a strategy of hiding within host cells to escape the immune system as well as many antibacterial treatments. The research, ...More
    January 26, 2011 Posted in News
  • Staph Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I
    A new experimental vaccine against Staphylococcus aureus has been shown to be well-tolerated, and to boost antibodies, according to a paper in the December 2010 issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. The vaccine was developed by Merck. In the study, ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in News
  • Chemists Document Workings of Key Staph Enzyme and How to Block It
    Researchers have determined the structure and mechanism of an enzyme that performs the crucial first step in the formation of cholesterol and a key virulence factor in staph bacteria. Chemists at the University of Illinois and collaborators in Taiwan studied a type of ...More
    January 19, 2011 Posted in News
  • Staph Bacteria Bind Best to Human Hemoglobin
    Staph bacteria feed on blood because they need the iron that's hidden away inside red blood cells to grow and cause infections. It turns out that these microbial vampires prefer the taste of human blood, Vanderbilt University scientists have discovered. ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Staph Superantigens Could Be Culprit Behind Several Illnesses
    Superantigens, the toxins produced by staphylococcus bacteria, are more complex than previously believed, reveals a team of researchers from the University of Gothenburg in an article published today in the journal Nature Communications. Their discovery shows that the ...More
    November 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Trick Bacteria with Small Molecules
    A team of Yale University scientists has engineered the cell wall of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, tricking it into incorporating foreign small molecules and embedding them within the cell wall. ...More
    October 7, 2010 Posted in News