New Bacterial Signaling Language Offers Pathway to Treat Infections

February 23, 2019

Scientists at the microbiology lab led by Javier Campos-Gómez, PhD, working on drug discovery at Southern Research, have discovered that Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium responsible for severe, drug-resistant infections in humans, uses a family of fatty acids, known as “oxylipins,” in a cell-t

Clever Trick Enables Salmonella to Infect Humans

February 15, 2019

Researchers at Utrecht University have demonstrated how the pathogenic Salmonella bacteria takes advantage of one of the body's defense mechanisms in order to invade cells. This discovery marks an important step toward developing new medicines to prevent Salmonella infections.

More Scrutiny Needed for Less-Deadly Foodborne Bacteria

February 14, 2019

Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria -- Bacillus cereus -- which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.

Infection Biology: What Makes Helicobacter so Adaptable?

February 13, 2019

The bacterial pathogen Helicobacter pylori owes its worldwide distribution to its genetic adaptability. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) Munich microbiologists have identified an enzyme that plays a vital role in the flexible control of global gene expression in the species.

Scientists Use Machine Learning to Identify Source of Salmonella

February 13, 2019

A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety in Griffin has developed a machine-learning approach that could lead to quicker identification of the animal source of certain Salmonella outbreaks.