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May 7, 2015

Apr. 30, 2015 — A simple chemical compound kills several major fungi that affect human health, researchers report. The compound also may have applications for fungal diseases that affect wheat and rice ... read more

Research Seeks Alternatives for Reducing Bacteria in Fresh Produce Using Nanoengineering

Apr. 29, 2015 — Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the US have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety. ... read more

Research Prompts Rethink of Enzyme Evolution

Apr. 29, 2015 — There is a need for a fundamental rethink of the evolutionary path of enzymes, the proteins vital to all life on Earth, new research suggests. Enzymes catalyze a vast array of biologically relevant ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Many view Antarctica as a frozen wasteland. Turns out there are hidden interconnected lakes underneath its dry valleys that could sustain life and shed light on ancient climate change. ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Researchers have used mathematical equations to shed new light on how flowing fluid hinders the movement of bacteria in their search for ... read more

Students Break New Ground in Understanding Genetic Diversity of Bacteriophages

Apr. 28, 2015 — Over the last seven years, thousands of undergraduate students have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of bacteria-infecting viruses, known as bacteriophages. Those genomes are now the focal point of ... read more

Facts About Our Microbial Menagerie

Apr. 28, 2015 — Trillions of microorganisms inhabit us -- inside and out. Scientists are surveying these microbial metropolises to learn more about their role in health. Here are a few details of what researchers ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a surprising new short-circuit to the biological pump. They found that sinking particles of stressed and dying phytoplankton release chemicals that have a steroid-like ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — A research collaboration has shed light on the genome of two commercially important species of bumblebees. The findings provide unexpected insights into the ecology and evolution of bumblebees and ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — British stoats suffered a dramatic loss in genetic diversity in the 20th century but extinct British genes were preserved in the stoat population of New Zealand, a new study has found. The research ... read more

Pathway Produces Dimethylsulphide in Bacteria, a Compound Involved in Climate Regulation

Apr. 24, 2015 — A novel pathway producing dimethylsulphide, a volatile organosulfur compound which plays a major role in climate regulation, has been discovered in bacteria. The volatile compound dimethylsulphide ... read more

Finding New Life for First-Line Antibiotics

Apr. 23, 2015 — Researchers have identified a single, simple measure -- recovery time -- to guide antibiotic dosing that could bring an entire arsenal of first-line antibiotics back into the fight against ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — A drug already approved to fight tapeworms in people, effectively treated MRSA superbugs in lab cultures and in infected nematode worms. The scientists are pursuing further testing with hope that the ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Just in time for spring and the explosion of ticks in forests, lawns and trails, a new study has uncovered a never-before-seen illness transmitted by ticks. The disease could be a 'substantial ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — The genome of an important bacteria contains far more 'junk DNA' than scientists expected -- making its genome more closely resemble that of a higher ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — In a major breakthrough in shellfish management and disease prevention, researchers have discovered a new method to detect a bacterium that has contaminated New England oyster beds and sickened ... read more

Battle in the Gut: Immune Cells Help 'Good Bacteria' Triumph Over 'Bad Bacteria'

Apr. 21, 2015 — The body's immune system may be the keeper of a healthy gut microbiota, report scientists. They found that a binding protein on white blood cells could affect whether or not mice produced a ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from the bacterium Agrobacterium, researchers report. Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the ... read more

Uranium Isotopes Carry the Fingerprint of Ancient Bacterial Activity

Apr. 20, 2015 — The oceans contain billions of tons of dissolved uranium. Over the planet's history, some of this uranium was transformed into an insoluble form, causing it to precipitate and accumulate in ... read more

Researchers Produce First Atlas of Airborne Microbes Across United States

Apr. 20, 2015 — The first atlas of airborne microbes across the continental US has been created by scientists, a feat that has implications for better understanding health and disease in humans, animals and crops. ... read more

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