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September 28, 2016

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September 28, 2016

Fungus Makes Mosquitoes Much More Likely to Become Infected With Malaria

Sep. 28, 2016 — A fungus that compromises the immune system of mosquitoes, making them more susceptible to infection with the parasite that causes malaria, has been discovered by scientists. Because environmental ... read more

Sep. 23, 2016 — In the female dog, cells of the uterus can accumulate lipid droplets to form so-called foamy epithelial cells during late metoestrus. These cells produce a hormone that is involved in the ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — Plants have specialized immune receptor proteins on the surface of their cells, which detect specific molecular patterns, or ligands, on harmful bacteria. New research now reveals that these immune ... read more

Eggs from Small Flocks More Likely to Contain Salmonella Enteritidis

Sep. 19, 2016 — Eggs from small flocks of chickens are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis than eggs sold in grocery stores, which typically come from larger flocks that are regulated by the ... read more

How a Bacterial Virulence Factor Promotes Its Own Secretion

Sep. 18, 2016 — Many bacteria depend on their ability to attach, or adhere, to our cells for the ability to cause disease. When their survival means disease for us, we often turn to antibiotics, but his miracle ... read more

Scientists Enhance Ability of Antibiotics to Defeat Resistant Types of Bacteria Using Molecules Called PPMOs

Sep. 17, 2016 — Researchers have developed a strategy to overcome a key defense that drug-resistant bacteria use to fend off antibiotic attack. Antibiotic resistance has become a major public health problem; the ... read more

Shedding Light on the Limits of the Expanded Genetic Code

Sep. 15, 2016 — In 2014, scientists made a huge news splash when they reported the ability to grow bacteria with an expanded genetic code. Critics feared the rise of unnatural creatures; others appreciated the ... read more

Team Discovers, Successfully Treats New Variant of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterium

Sep. 15, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a new mutation in a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli that resists clearance by the body's own immune system by inhibiting white blood cells that ... read more

A Faster, Better Way to Detect Salmonella in Meat, Chicken

Sep. 14, 2016 — Salmonella is the lauding cause of bacteria-associated foodborne illnesses in the United States, according to a study. Thus, early detection of the pathogen, by a rapid and sensitive test is ... read more

Successful LA-MRSA Strategy for Pig Herds

Sep. 13, 2016 — Norway is the only country to have implemented a 'search and destroy' strategy against LA-MRSA among pig herds to date. A study of the strategy's effect shows that pig farm workers are ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — Tiny, star-shaped molecules are effective at killing bacteria that can no longer be killed by current antibiotics, new research shows. The star-shaped structures are short chains of proteins called ... read more

Revving the Microbial Engine: Horsepower Versus Fuel Efficiency in Bacterial Genomes

Sep. 12, 2016 — Microbes that can reproduce rapidly in times of plenty have an evolutionary stockpile of extra genes that allows them to quickly respond to changing conditions such as oil spills or outbreaks of ... read more

Sep. 10, 2016 — Two very different types of protein have been mapped by researchers. One helps soil bacteria digest carbon compounds; the other protects cells from the effects of harmful ... read more

Investigators Characterize World of Resistance Gene Exchange Among Bacteria

Sep. 9, 2016 — Certain antibiotic resistance genes are easily transferred from one bacterial species to another, and can move between farm animals and the human gut. A team has characterized this 'mobile ... read more

The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance, on a Plate

Sep. 8, 2016 — Researchers have developed a large culturing device to track the evolution of bacteria as they mutate in the presence of antibiotics, revealing that, surprisingly, the fittest mutants were not those ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — In a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, scientists have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they become impervious to ... read more

A New Pathogen in Africa Causes Anthrax-Like Disease in Wild and Domestic Animals

Sep. 8, 2016 — A new study reports that a related bacillus with distinct genetic and biological characteristics causes anthrax-like disease in chimps, gorillas, elephants, and goats from four different African ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — Bacteria fight their competitors with molecular spear guns, the so-called Type VI secretion system. When firing this weapon they also unintentionally hit their own kind. However the related bacteria ... read more

Feed a Virus, Starve a Bacterial Infection?

Sep. 8, 2016 — A new study puts some old folk wisdom to 'feed a cold and starve a fever' to the test. In mouse models of disease, Researchers looked at the effects of providing nutrients during infection ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — A chemical treatment known as a bactericide could help preserve citrus trees from the potentially deadly and costly greening disease, a new study ... read more

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