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August 27, 2015

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August 27, 2015

Study in Bats and Rodents Offers Insights on How Viruses Spread Across Species

Aug. 25, 2015 — Bats are natural reservoirs of several important emerging viruses, and because cross-species transmission appears to be quite common among bats, it's important to study bats in a community ... read more

Lemon Juice Disinfects Against Human Norovirus

Aug. 25, 2015 — Citric acid may prevent the highly contagious norovirus from infecting humans, scientists discovered. Therefore, lemon juice could be a potentially safe and practical disinfectant against the most ... read more

Humans Carry More Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Than Animals They Work With

Aug. 24, 2015 — One of the most common and costly diseases faced by the dairy industry is bovine mastitis, a potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the mammary gland. Widespread use of antibiotics to treat the ... read more

Off Switch for Biofilm Formation Discovered

Aug. 24, 2015 — When disease-causing bacteria establish a biofilm on hospital equipment, it can be impossible to sterilize the devices, raising infection rates and necessitating expensive replacements. Now, ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Medical researchers have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes -- work that could one day eliminate the need for repeated seasonal flu ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — We humans have been using self-medication to cure the illnesses since the dawn of our species. There is some evidence that also other animals can exhibit this type of behavior, but the evidence has ... read more

Aug. 21, 2015 — The study of a chestnut leaf extract, rich in ursene and oleanene derivatives, shows that it that blocks Staphlococcus aureus virulence and pathogenesis without detectable ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Disease-causing viruses engage their hosts in ongoing arms races: positive selection for antiviral genes increases host fitness and survival, and viruses in turn select for mutations that counteract ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Using a Trojan horse strategy, bacteria that respond to antibiotics in lab tests can become highly resistant in the body. This strategy may explain why antibiotics are ineffective in some patients ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — A hugely destructive plant virus so flexible that it has resisted efforts to describe its form since before World War II has finally surrendered its secrets. The discovery of what makes the bendy bug ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — Bacteria do not cease to amaze us with their survival strategies. A research has now discovered how bacteria enter a sleep mode using a so-called FIC toxin. In a new article, the scientists describe ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Ever wonder what that the words triple-washed or pre-washed on a bag of baby spinach mean? Not much according to engineers. They discovered that small peaks and valleys in baby spinach leaves could ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Plants and animals, including humans, are not autonomous individuals but are holobionts: biomolecular networks that consist of visible hosts plus millions of invisible microbes, recent ... read more

Change in Process of Disinfecting Spinach, Salad Greens Could Reduce Illness Outbreaks

Aug. 19, 2015 — Cross contamination in commercial processing facilities that prepare spinach and other leafy greens for the market can make people sick. But researchers are reporting a new, easy-to-implement method ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — The intricate interplay between immune cells working to defeat infection has been seen and photographed for the first time. Researchers used state-of-the-art microscopy to painstakingly capture ... read more

How an Emerging Anti-Resistance Antibiotic Targets the Bacterial Membrane

Aug. 18, 2015 — Scientists are planning for a future in which superbugs gain the upper hand against our current arsenal of antibiotics. One emerging class of drug candidates, called AMLPs (antimicrobial ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — A team of comparative genomics and computational science researchers compared approximately 4,000 complete virus genomes downloaded from a public database known as GenBank. By compressing the ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — Microbes are the oldest and most successful organisms on the planet, and they communicate and interact using chemistry as their language. It remains extremely challenging to understand these chemical ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — Bacteria exhibit extreme adaptability, which makes them capable of surviving in the most inhospitable conditions. New research results produced by Danish and British researchers now reveal the ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — A scientific peek into bacteria boudoirs is revealing how 'sex' among disease-causing microbes can lead different species or strains to become resistant to antibiotic medications. In a ... read more

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