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Stable occurrence of antimicrobial resistance in animals and meat

October 10, 2019

The occurrence of resistance in bacteria from food-producing animals raised in Denmark and Danish meat in 2018 is…
Test for Life-Threatening Nutrient Deficit Made From Bacteria Entrails

September 26, 2019

In a remote village, an aid worker pricks a sickly toddler’s fingertip, and like most of the other…
Scientists found a way to turn genes in bacteria on and off to produce fuel and medicine

August 30, 2019

The word “bacteria” sounds scary for some, because some cause difficult infections. However, we live in the world…
Why initial UTIs increase susceptibility to further infection

August 22, 2019

More than 60% of women will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their lives,…
Bug Buddies

August 19, 2019

Bacteria, like people, have complicated relationships: they can either be friendly, neutral or antagonistic toward each other, and…
UVA Reveals E. coli’s secret weapon for causing the worst possible infection

August 19, 2019

A pair of University of Virginia School of Medicine scientists have revealed how E. coli seeks out the…
Rice University postdoctoral researcher Sara Molinari and graduate student Shyam Bhakta illuminate a colony of E. coli bacteria. The researchers and their colleagues discovered a technique to prompt bacteria to mimic stem cells’ ability to differentiate when they divide. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Bacteria made to mimic cells, form communities

August 13, 2019

Rice University synthetic biologists prompt dividing bacteria to differentiate like stem cells. Rice University scientists have found a…
Scientists zero in on atomic driver of tumor formation

August 12, 2019

Growing evidence suggests that certain types of bacteria are capable of causing colorectal cancers, indicating that a sub-set…
Cryptic Genetic Variation might Explain Hitherto Obscure Leaps in Biological Evolution

July 26, 2019

As is well known today, biological evolution proceeds via the accumulation of genetic variants – the more variation…
E. coli superbug strains can persist in healthy women’s guts

July 24, 2019

A recent study of over 1,000 healthy women with no symptoms of urinary tract infections showed nearly 9…
Helping robots to build new antibiotics

July 19, 2019

A team from The University of Manchester have engineered a common gut bacterium to produce a new class of antibiotics…
Reading the Signals of the Gut

July 2, 2019

Millions of people take probiotics with the goal of improving their digestion, but what if those bacteria were…
A microscopic topographic map of cellular function

June 13, 2019

A decade of research leads MU scientists to a better understanding of how materials move out of cells.…
Newly Discovered Compound Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Germs

May 28, 2019

Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), led by Professor Jim Thomas of the…
Synthetic E. coli pushes the limits of gene synthesis

May 28, 2019

Designing and building organisms from scratch could be the Holy Grail of synthetic biology. It therefore comes as…
Hop to It: New look upends old concept of bacteria’s movement

May 22, 2019

Engineered bacteria can help clean up polluted aquifers, where they move through porous rocks and wet sediments to…
Antibiotics, Taken Strategically, Could Actually Help Defeat Antibiotic Resistance

May 21, 2019

In the war on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it’s not just the antibiotics that are making the enemy stronger but…
How charming squid and glowing bacteria make a match in Hawaiian waters

May 10, 2019

Imagine you’re a plucky, golf ball-sized squid swimming in the clear blue ocean on a moonlit night. Your…
Changing the norms: cell-free protein expression in Vibrio natriegens

April 29, 2019

Heterologous protein expression is a routine process in many labs, be it for basic research or for industrial applications. Historically,…
Specialist enzymes make E. coli antibiotic resistant at low pH

April 10, 2019

Scientists long puzzled over why bacteria contain so many “redundant” enzymes. Why make several molecules that do the…
Left to right are Emma Steigerwald, Steven Bruckbauer, Jessica Liu, and Illissa (Jasmine) Lancaster. Steigerwald, Liu, and Lancaster are undergraduates in the lab who assisted Bruckbauer with his experiments. Photo by Robin Davies / University of Wisconsin-Madison
Radiation-resistant E. coli evolved in the lab give view into DNA repair

February 28, 2019

Scientists in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry are watching evolution happen in real time. In a recent…
Chemical added to consumer products impairs response to antibiotic treatment

February 25, 2019

Grocery store aisles are stocked with products that promise to kill bacteria. People snap up those items to…
Cocktail of common antibiotics can fight resistant E. coli

February 22, 2019

A group of scientists in Denmark is trying to get one step ahead in the battle against antibiotic…
Snaring Bacteria in DNA-based Nets the Way White Blood Cells Do

February 19, 2019

One holds it; the other poisons it. This is how a white blood cell may someday work together…
Dying bacteria absorb antibiotic, allowing others to survive and grow

February 11, 2019

Bacteria have multiple strategies to survive antibiotics: developing genetic resistance to the drugs; delaying their growth; or hiding…
Professor Bonnie Bassler and graduate student Justin Silpe discovered a bacteria-killing virus that can eavesdrop on bacterial conversations. They re-engineered it to attack diseases including salmonella, E. coli and cholera. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Princeton University
Biologists turn eavesdropping viruses into bacterial assassins

December 17, 2018

“The idea that a virus is detecting a molecule that bacteria use for communication — that is brand-new,”…
Looking for a Lock for Shiga and Ricin Toxins

December 13, 2018

A research team from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital has identified new potential lines of defense…
Breaching the Walls in Bacteria

November 30, 2018

In a development that could lead to better drug delivery systems and modern antibiotics, UC Santa Barbara researchers…
Cell behavior, once shrouded in mystery, is revealed in new light

November 5, 2018

A cell’s behavior is as mysterious as a teenager’s mood swings. However, University of Missouri researchers are one…
Taking out the (Life-threatening) Garbage: Bacteria Eject Trash to Survive

September 28, 2018

Scientists have known for decades that certain bacteria produce small spherical versions of themselves. Although they lack basic…
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