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The Birds and the Bats: Evolving to Fly May Have Had Big Effect on Gut Microbiome

January 7, 2020

It’s no secret there’s a close relationship between humans and our microbiomes — the communities of microbes that…
There are no environmental conditions that would stop all tick borne pathogens

December 29, 2019

Ticks spread a variety of different diseases. We hope for certain environmental conditions to limit that problem, but…
The ultimate non-stick coating

December 26, 2019

A team of researchers at McMaster University has developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of…
Pseudomonas bacteria under the electron microscope. Credit: MPIIB / Volker Brinkmann
Body cells spy out bacteria

December 24, 2019

Bacterial infection does not automatically lead to illness; many germs only become dangerous when they occur in large…
Global collaboration creates world’s first open-source database of natural microbial products

December 21, 2019

Surprisingly, despite our extensive knowledge of the chemical compounds found in nature, there has never been a comprehensive,…
Protein injections in medicine

December 20, 2019

Pathogens can use a range of toxins to damage their host organism. Bacteria, such as those responsible for…
Can Bacteria Escape Antibiotics?

December 18, 2019

Bacteria can disguise themselves by changing their form inside the human body. And that, according to studies, is…
Hard as a rock? Maybe not, say bacteria that help form soil

December 18, 2019

Research published by University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists shows how bacteria can degrade solid bedrock, jump-starting a long process…
New CRISPR-based Gene-Drive System in Bacteria Defeats Antibiotic Resistance

December 17, 2019

Taking advantage of powerful advances in CRISPR gene editing, scientists at the University of California San Diego have…
Researchers Create a New Self-Cleaning Surface that Repels even Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

December 16, 2019

Researchers at McMaster University have developed a brand new self-cleaning plastic surface capable of repelling all forms of…
Vesicles released by bacteria may reduce the spread of HIV in human tissue

December 12, 2019

Nano-sized vesicles released by certain bacteria that inhabit the vagina may protect against HIV infection, suggests a study…
A new way to control microbial metabolism

December 6, 2019

Microbes can be engineered to produce a variety of useful compounds, including plastics, biofuels, and pharmaceuticals. However, in…
Physical forces affect bacteria’s toxin resistance, study finds

December 6, 2019

A random conversation between two Cornell researchers at a child’s birthday party led to a collaboration and new…
Machine Learning Provides New Paradigm in Understanding Microbial Gene Regulation

December 4, 2019

E. coli are hardy bacteria, able to live in diverse conditions from the surface of a lettuce leaf…
Scientists are trying to use viruses against an aggressive plant bacterial disease

December 3, 2019

The very word “virus” is enough to get you a little worried. However, these microorganisms are often harmless…
Simulation reveals how bacterial organelle converts sunlight to chemical energy

November 19, 2019

Scientists have simulated every atom of a light-harvesting structure in a photosynthetic bacterium that generates energy for the…
Genes borrowed from bacteria allowed plants to move from sea to land

November 15, 2019

Natural genetic engineering allowed plants to move from water to land, according to a new study by an…
Researchers discover new toxin that impedes bacterial growth

November 14, 2019

An international research collaboration has discovered a new bacteria-killing toxin that shows promise of impacting superbug infectious diseases.…
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Straight from the source: Bacteria that ‘feast’ on electrical charges

November 7, 2019

Ever since scientists discovered that certain microbes can get their energy from electrical charges, researchers have wondered how…
Bacterial arms race may shape gut microbiome

November 4, 2019

Inside your gut, a quiet battle is raging among many bacteria competing for survival. A new study suggests…
Researchers help tomato plants repel pathogens with a ‘vaccine’ to boost their chemical defense systems

October 24, 2019

When plants come under attack from invading bacteria, viruses or fungi, they mount a two-pronged response, producing both…
People with atopic eczema have more S. aureus bacteria in their skin

October 22, 2019

People with atopic eczema have many more Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in their skin than those with healthy skin…
Researchers develop a stress test to separate the tough bacteria from the tender

October 21, 2019

By scooping the guts out of bacteria and refilling them with an expansive fluid, scientists can discover whether…
Bacteria mix in deep sea mussels

October 14, 2019

Deep-sea mussels, which rely on cooperative symbiotic bacteria for their food, harbor a surprisingly high diversity of these…
Engineered viruses could fight drug resistance

October 5, 2019

In the battle against antibiotic resistance, many scientists have been trying to deploy naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages…
Bacteria make pearl chains

September 27, 2019

For the first time, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, were able…
Diet impacts the sensitivity of gut microbiome to antibiotics, study finds

September 24, 2019

Antibiotics change the kinds of bacteria in the mouse gut as well as the bacteria’s metabolism — but…
Strip Steak: Bacterial Enzyme Removes Inflammation-Causing Meat Carbohydrates

September 24, 2019

According to data from mice and African hunter-gatherers, red meat diets shift gut microbiomes to produce more sialidases…
Researchers find new way to find antibiotics in dirt

September 18, 2019

Researchers at McMaster have designed a new way to rapidly identify antibiotics hidden in common dirt. Their method,…
Periodontitis Bacteria Love Colon and Dirt Microbes

September 10, 2019

True or false? Bacteria living in the same space, like the mouth, have evolved collaborations so generous that…
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