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Viruses help to maintain human health

New York - Scientists now argue that the natural presence of viruses in the gut (virome) help to maintain health-maintenance and infection-fighting. This is similar to the role of the intestinal bacteria.

Soil microbes can help tackle climate change

Researchers have developed a new climate change modeling tool. The tool shows that carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere, as result of greater plant growth can be offset by changes in the activity of soil microbes.

Chicken juice helps pathogens to flourish

Washington - The food poisoning bacterium Campylobacter is relatively hardy in many kitchens. New research shows that the robustness is boosted by "chicken juice."

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Special

This week is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” This is an international collaboration between U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada.

Carbon monoxide could help battle pathogens

Biologists have found that naturally occurring carbon monoxide (CO) is essential for immune system cells in the human body to be able to combat invasive bacterial pathogens.

GMO bans in Europe set to progress

An environmental committee of the European Parliament has approved legislation that allows member states to ban genetically engineered crops.

New treatment against antibiotic resistant bacteria

University of Liverpool microbiologists are working on a new treatment against antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. The treatment is designed to be an alternative to current antibiotics.

Bacteria line dancing by magnetism (video)

Scientists have placed bacteria on a chip and, by altering the magnetic field, made the bacteria make a complete U-turn. With further application the bacteria can be made to move in any direction, in movements similar to line dancing.

Insight into how red meat harms arteries

According to an animal study, gut microbes produce an important metabolite that promotes atherosclerosis in association with the consumption of red meat.

Hospital bacteria traced back to farm animals

Edinburgh - Some types of hospital superbugs, notably MRSA, isolated from U.K. hospitals, have been linked back to bacteria detected in farm animals. Several of the isolates are antibiotic resistant.

Leprosy rates declining in U.S.

Bethesda - Hansen’s disease (HD), or leprosy, is rare in most countries. However, the National Hansen’s Disease Program reports that incidences occur, however they have fallen over the past decade.

Glucose intolerance linked to gut bacteria

London - Synchronous co-ordination between our bacteria and biological clocks is necessary for preventing obesity and glucose intolerance, according to a new study. This is a further example of the important role gut bacteria play in human health.

Baby wipes recalled due to potential bacterial infection risk

A brand of baby wipes has been recalled due to a potential contamination risk, which could occur due to the presence of pathogenic bacteria. The bacteria were found following laboratory testing.

Breaded chicken recalled due to food poisoning risk

A bacterial toxin has been found in a range of breaded chicken products. As a precaution, the processed meat breaded products have been withdrawn from sale in the U.S.

Microbes used to detox marine pollutants

Manchester - Many microbes have an ability to "clean up" pollutants. A new study has shown how special cellular chemistry allows microbes to strip pollutants of halogen atoms. The finding could be useful for tackling marine toxins.

Global tuberculosis cases increase

Geneva - A new study by the World Health Organization indicates that tuberculosis has infected hundreds of thousands more people around the world. The actual figures are far higher than those estimated a year ago.

Yogurt can be used detect diseases like cancer

A new study has shown that nanoparticle-producing bacteria have the ability to simplify the diagnosis of cancer and other medical conditions. These bacteria take the form of a "high tech" yogurt.

Jet lag linked to obesity

Tel Aviv - New findings suggest that frequent airplane travel could contribute to obesity. This is by throwing out circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the composition of gut bacteria.

Scientists getting closer to beating grape disease

Rochester - Scientists report that they are close to cracking the genetic code of crown gall tumor disease, which affects grape production. From this, the science team hope that vineyards and the wine industry will see fewer losses of vines due to infection.

Poultry-farm bacteria discovery leads to potential new antibiotic

A new antibiotic derived from the bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis (Strain 115) has been proposed. The bacterium was discovered on turkeys.

Frozen feces helps to treat gut infections

Boston - In a new medical study, several patients with recurring bacterial infections caused by Clostridium difficile found relief from diarrhea by ingesting frozen fecal matter from healthy volunteers.

Adapting bacterial communication to kill cancer

A molecule used by bacteria for communicating with other bacteria can be altered, according to new research, to prevent cancer cells from spreading through the body.

Fighting back against hospital superbugs

A new method has been proposed to fight superbugs. For this, researchers are targeting the specific genes that allow bacteria to survive antibiotic treatment.

New beer developed, based on an 1840 shipwreck recipe

From an analysis of bottles of beer salvaged from the 1840s shipwreck found near the Åland Islands in 2010, food technologists are trying to re-create the original beer. To achieve this, they are studying some bacteria isolated from the bottles.

Diet may affect inflammatory bone disease

Changes to the bacterial ecosystem of the human gut, induced by certain diets, can alter the chances of inflammatory bone diseases developing. This is because the bacteria are able to modify the immune response.

ICU’s effects on gut microbes

Lengthy spells in intensive care units can alter the gut microflora, according to a new study. When a patient spends a long time in ICU the gut seems to undergo near-complete ecologic collapse. This has major health consequences.

Search for biofuels leads to the human gut

The search for microorganisms to use in biofuel generation has led to the human lower intestine. A new study demonstrates how such microorganisms could be effective candidates for organic fuel production.

Using bacterial biofilms to create new materials

A science group believes that bacterial biofilms are a potential new platform for designer nanomaterials. Such materials could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products and fabricate new textiles.

Using bacteria to clean-up waste

A new method has been devised to use microbes found in pond sediment for cleaning-up waste in rural areas. This is in the form of a “microbe-powered” wastewater treatment system that could help to clean-up large farming operations.

Pneumonia-causing bacteria can pose heart risks

Austin - According to a new study, older adults who are hospitalized for pneumonia are at a higher risk for heart problems. This is because Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria may infiltrate the heart, causing microlesions that can lead to cardiac complications.
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This key experiment shows the successful protection of a phage-sensitive bacterial strain against a ...
This key experiment shows the successful protection of a phage-sensitive bacterial strain against a virus. Top-right - bacteria growing in the absence of a virus; Top-left - holes in the culture caused by an infecting virus; Bottom - when equipped with specific CRISPR defense system components, the bacteria became resistant to the virus.
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Diagram showing the diversity of the human microbiome
Diagram showing the diversity of the human microbiome
Human Microbiome Project
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Representative image of bacteria
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Common orange lichen, Yellow scale lichen or Shore lichen
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An image of pseudomonas fluorescens which is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics and require...
An image of pseudomonas fluorescens which is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics and requires a special course of treatment or strong immune system to remove.
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E. coli magnified 10 000 times using an electron microscope.
E. coli magnified 10,000 times using an electron microscope.
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Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
Antibiotics like these may soon become lose their potency as pathogens adapt.
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A Petri dish map of artist Sonja Bäumel s body shape.
A Petri dish map of artist Sonja Bäumel's body shape.
Sonja Bäumel
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Clostridium difficile  a Gram-positive rod shaped bacterium
Clostridium difficile, a Gram-positive rod shaped bacterium
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The Great Work of the Metal Lover artwork
The Great Work of the Metal Lover artwork
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E.coli image (Sandle laboratory)
E.coli image (Sandle laboratory)
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Electron micrograph of human gut bacteria
Electron micrograph of human gut bacteria
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Clostridium bacteria
Clostridium bacteria
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Rod shaped Clostridium bacteria
Rod shaped Clostridium bacteria
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The red wine bacteria Oenococcus oeni
The red wine bacteria Oenococcus oeni
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Cartography of the Human Body  by Sonja Bäumel
Cartography of the Human Body, by Sonja Bäumel
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A representative enterobacteria - Salmonella.
A representative enterobacteria - Salmonella.
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Representative image of bacteria
Representative image of bacteria
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Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
Streptococcus pneumoniae (electron micrograph image)
Strep Research Center
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Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
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