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Mystery of unique probiotic yeast solved with CRISPR

Microbiologists have found discovered that the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii produces high amounts of acetic acid. By locating the genetic basis for this, the researchers could cancel the acetic acid production to find its probiotic effect.

Microbiology News: Antimicrobials and mother's microbiome

From a rise of superbugs in Southeast Asia, the earliest recorded evidence of tapeworm, and the microbial community of the mother influencing that of her child, represent three of the biggest microbiology news items this month. We delve deeper.

Fecal transplant deaths: Call for improved regulations

Following the death of one patient and another falling seriously ill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for greater controls over fecal transplants. The patients became infected with a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection.

Pollution concern: China’s algal blooms are getting bigger

They may appear visually stunning, especially from satellite images. However, new research traces how toxic bioluminescent microorganisms are becoming increasingly abundant, indicating a growing concern with pollution in China's waters.

New microorganism helps produce alternative fuels

Researchers have used genetically engineered algae that can grow three times faster than starch crops and used this to produce biofuel and biochemicals.

Advancing the design of pharma water systems for medicinal safety Special

Dublin - Water may seem like a routine part of the production of medicines but water contaminated with microorganisms is a cause of drug product recalls and can lead to patient harm. The importance of water quality was the theme of a recent conference.

From nudge theory to sound science, microbiologists in Ireland Special

Dublin - From nudge theory, to the importance of looking at the science behind processes and procedures, the Pharmig microbiology conference in Ireland featured some of the hottest topics in the industry.

Essential Science: Breakthrough for patients with pneumonia

New research, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, presents the first clinical results with CAL02 in patients suffering from severe pneumonia, the first cause of infectious mortality in the world.

Careless disposal of medicines increases antimicrobial resistance

Copenaghen - There are a number of ways by which antimicrobial resistance can spread, and one that is of growing concern is the disposal of medicines by consumers down sinks and toilets. A new technique can help to assess the extent of the spread.

Q&A: Creating ‘smart’ microbial bionsensors Special

New research shows that protein-based biosensors can detect the presence of a desired enzyme target and respond by physically lighting up, and enabling researchers to immediately identify cells with increased overall enzyme yield.

Microbiologists bring best practices to the Adriatic region Special

Sterile pharmaceutical products need to be manufactured to the highest possible standards and the technology, processes and regulatory expectations continue to shift. Understanding these changes was theme of a two-day event in the Adriatic region.

World Tuberculosis Day: How scientists are combating TB

World Tuberculosis Day, observed on 24 March each year, is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis. To mark the day, we take a look into some of the latest research aimed at combating the disease.

Essential Science: Genetic test for antimicrobial resistance

Scientists have put together a sensitive method to determine if bacteria carry a gene that can cause resistance to two common antibiotics. The test is rapid, and has been tested against ‘strep throat’ and other respiratory illnesses.

New handheld device to detect drinking water parasites

Scientists have developed a new handheld instrument that can assess microbiological contamination in water, providing the results of the analysis in real-time. The focus is on the parasite Cryptosporidium.

Microbiologists meet to make pharmaceutical manufacturing safer Special

Birmingham - Microbiologist met recently in the U.K. to discuss best practices for monitoring cleanroom environments (the space within which pharmaceutical medicines are produced). The theme of the event was on risk-assessment.

Essential Science: Antimicrobial found in ancient Irish soil

Swansea - A bacterium discovered in ancient Irish soil has been shown to be capable of halting the growth of certain ‘superbugs’. The discovery offers new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance.

Why 2018 was a bad year for food poisoning

Outbreak data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 2018 was a bad year for food safety outbreaks, one of the worst on record. The CDC investigated 28 outbreaks, much more than the eight outbreaks in 2017.

Bacteria in the nose influence cold severity

Colds vary in their severity and for how long they last for. The reason is not solely down to the type of virus or the relative health of individuals. The bacterial population of the nose is also a factor, according to new research.

Bacteria in the human gut generate electricity

An interesting discovery has been made about several species of bacteria that inhabit the human intestines and which constitute part of the human microbiome. These organisms have been shown to generate electricity.

New cellular target to weaken drug-tolerant bacteria

Canadian microbiologists have located a new cellular target that can weaken the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This organism, which has a multi-drug resistant form, presents a severe threat to patients with cystic fibrosis.

HP accelerating antibiotics by printing medicines

Global technology company HP is to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help to speed up the testing of new antibiotics, as part of the race to combat antimicrobial resistance.

Probiotic shows reduction in bone loss in older women

Researchers have used a probiotic to determine whether there is a reduction in the rate of bone related mineral density loss in older women. The results are encouraging, suggesting further study is worthwhile.

How the intestinal microbiome influences metabolism

The body’s intestinal microbiome influences our metabolism, through interacting with the immune system. A new study demonstrates how 'good’ (or beneficial) bacteria keep the body metabolically fit and how an imbalance can cause ill-health effects.

Treating lethal fungal infections by starving fungi

A new study shows how starving fungi could save millions of lives each year. Scientists have discovered a new approach to treating lethal fungal infections, which has the potential to save millions of lives each year.

Microbial metabolite is weapon against skin cancer

New research demonstrates that a microbial metabolite could be a potential and powerful weapon against different forms of skin cancer.

Assessing pharmaceutical quality control in Ireland Special

Dublin - Assessing risks and removing contamination from the processing environment, even in lower classified areas to avoid product contamination, were the key messages at the annual meeting for pharmaceutical microbiologists in Ireland.

Fluorescent silk kills harmful bacteria

A far-red fluorescent silk can kill harmful bacteria, as demonstrated in controlled trials. The developers see the material as both a biomedical and and an environmental remedy to combating harmful organisms and protecting patients.

Diagnostic connectivity to combat antimicrobial resistance

London - The British government has entered into a partnership with FIND, a global non-profit dedicated to accelerating the development of diagnostic tests for diseases. This is to introduce digital technologies to combat the antimicrobial resistance problem.

Chimpanzee beds are cleaner than human ones

New research will surprise those who think they have a high level of personal hygiene. A microbiological study of the sleeping areas of chimpanzees and human beds has found that, socially, the sleeping areas of chimps are cleaner.

Interview: How concerned should consumers be about Salmonella? Special

In the U.S., more than 200 million cartons of eggs have been recalled across nine states over concerns of Salmonella, with contaminated produce linked to at least 22 illnesses. How concerned should consumers be? Dr. Joseph Galati provides some answers.
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Selection of microbiological culture media. Collecting samples can help to provide a basis for under...
Selection of microbiological culture media. Collecting samples can help to provide a basis for understanding risk.
Pharmig stand at the conference  putting forward new ideas for pharmaceutical microbiology.
Pharmig stand at the conference, putting forward new ideas for pharmaceutical microbiology.
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A technician viewing agar plates on a colony counter, Tim Sandle's laboratory.
The logo screen  welcoming delegates to the Pharmig microbiology conference.
The logo screen, welcoming delegates to the Pharmig microbiology conference.
Global audit specialist Julie Roberts discusses best practices for microbiological identification at...
Global audit specialist Julie Roberts discusses best practices for microbiological identification at the conference.
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Agar plates for culturing bacteria (Tim Sandle's laboratory, UK)
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Microbiologists discussing the latest technologies for contamination control at the exhibition part of Pharmig's Irish conference.
Microbial technology for assessing the sterility of medicinal products on show.
Microbial technology for assessing the sterility of medicinal products on show.
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Laboratoty technician microbiological analysis
The lecture hall at the 2014 Pharmig microbiology conference (Nottingham  U.K.)
The lecture hall at the 2014 Pharmig microbiology conference (Nottingham, U.K.)
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A microbiologist undertakes molecular testing into an unknown bacterium. Photograph taken in Tim Sandle's laboratory.
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Microbiological culture media
Exhibitors examining microbiological methods at the Pharmig conference.
Exhibitors examining microbiological methods at the Pharmig conference.

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