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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.

New class of antibiotics to combat drug resistance

Chicago - A new class of antibiotic has been discovered. The chemical kills bacteria by binding to ribosome. This disrupts protein synthesis, and stops the microbial cell from replicating. This is a step forward in the search for new antimicrobials.

Essential Science: Is our microbiome based on genetics?

The nature vs. nurture debate is one of the most hotly debated areas of science, in terms of predicting physiological outcomes. This issue has been reignited in terms of the human microbiome in a new study from Israel.

Algorithm helps fight infection spread

Many global health authorities are fighting against the spread of infectious diseases thanks to computer software. A new algorithm has been devised to address the issue of non-diagnosed diseases.

Old antibiotic compounds could become the next life-saving drugs

Leeds - The battle between humans and antimicrobial resistant bacteria continues to be one of the major problems affecting society. A new initiative from University of Leeds scientists aims to review previously discarded medicinal products.

Artificial intelligence used to identify bacteria

Microbial identification has been streamlined in recent years through rapid methods and computer reading. However, a skilled microbiologist is often required. Can AI replace the need for the microbiologist?

New technologies and risk assessments needed for medicinal safety Special

Oxford - The need to invest in new technologies and a call for a new paradigm for approaching risk assessment were the keynote messages from the 2017 Pharmig conference, which focused on making medicines safe for patients.

Rapid methods needed to help safety of medicines Special

Oxford - Pharmaceutical organizations need to embrace rapid methods in order to protect patients, obtain faster results, and help to address inventory issues. This was a key message delivered at the annual Pharmig conference.

Interview: The path to next-generation antibiotics Special

Dr. Marcos Pires is spearheading a novel approach to understanding bacterial cell wall changes in response to antibiotics that could be key to new drug design. We spoke with him to discover more about this approach.

New battery is activated by spit

New York - Engineers and microbiologists have invented a new type of battery based on a microbial fuel cells. The battery can be activated by spit and it is intended to be used in extreme conditions.

New technology for food contamination screening

Bonn - Contaminated food is a major health risk to the consumer and it is also bad for business. If undesirable substances are ingested this can lead to significant health consequences, and many risks arise from the environment.

Essential Science: Big investments for human microbiome research

Moving from a field of academic research to commercialization, interest in the human microbiome has been accelerating over the past year with several big biotechnology companies involved. We take a look at the reasons why.

Digital colony counters making microbiology easier

For microbiologists the process of counting bacterial colonies can be tedious and mistakes can happen. Laboratory managers are turning attention to automated, digital devices to streamline processes.

Cases of superbug Clostridium difficile increase

The most troubling cases of C. difficile infection, termed multiple recurring C. difficile infections (mrCDI), are becoming more common, according to a new university research study.

Global trend: Gonorrhea becoming very hard to treat

Geneva - Rates of gonorrhea are increasing around the world, fueled by oral sex and a decline in the use of condoms. Worryingly this includes several variants of the genus that cannot be easily treated with existing antibiotics.

Essential Science: Space agencies are looking at space microbes

Moscow - Wherever you find people you find microorganisms and life onboard the International Space Station is no exception. Do these organism behave differently and do any differences pose a threat to astronauts?

Microbes eat away the Deepwater Horizon oil plume

Deepwater Horizon stands as one of the most costly and ecological damaging industry related environmental disasters in history. With root cause established and safety measures in place, one thing continues to be discussed: the disappearing oil.

Therapy alternative to farm animal antibiotics

London - Despite longstanding scientific concerns, antibiotics continue to be given to farm animals as a means of producing leaner meat. This helps to spread antibiotic resistance. A new type of therapy offers an alternative.

Fungal contamination changes the aroma of wine

Geisenheim - There's been a long-running dispute about the extent that fungi which infect vines influence the flavor and aroma of wines. A new study shows this to be the case. Interestingly there are both positive and negative effects.

Microbiologists assess ways to lower medicine contamination risks Special

Dublin - Microbiologists from a range of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies convened in Dublin to attend a conference discussing how to effectively monitor the built environment for risks in relation to drug product manufacturing.

Antibiotics counteract benefits of whole grain

Copenhagen - Antibiotics can adversely affect the health properties of whole grain. This appears particularly so for women. According to a new study, experimental findings show the importance of controlling the use of antibiotics.

World's oldest fungus discovered

Fungi, or microorganisms resembling fungi, date back over 2.4 billion years according to new fossil evidence. Samples have been discovered from rocks that were once underneath the sea floor.

Essential Science: Can taking yeast extract boost brain function?

York - A new study suggests that yeast extract (as sold in the form of popular consumer products like Marmite) could boost brain function and lower the chances of a person developing dementia in later life.

Pancreatic cancer connected to mouth bacteria

New York City - The oral microbiome (that bacteria found in the mouth) can, if imbalanced, enhance the risk of a person developing pancreatic cancer. The finding adds to growing reports about the association between human microbes and disease.

Microbiologists reveal the infectiveness of Chlamydia

Chlamydiae are highly infective bacteria. They survive in human cells in multiple ways. One newly discovered mechanism is where the invasive organisms manipulate human cells energy suppliers.
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A technician viewing agar plates on a colony counter  Tim Sandle s laboratory.
A technician viewing agar plates on a colony counter, Tim Sandle's laboratory.
The lecture hall at the 2014 Pharmig microbiology conference (Nottingham  U.K.)
The lecture hall at the 2014 Pharmig microbiology conference (Nottingham, U.K.)
Laboratoty technician microbiological analysis
Laboratoty technician microbiological analysis
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.
Microbiologists discussing the latest technologies for contamination control at the exhibition part ...
Microbiologists discussing the latest technologies for contamination control at the exhibition part of Pharmig's Irish 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.
Agar plates for culturing bacteria (Tim Sandle s laboratory  UK)
Agar plates for culturing bacteria (Tim Sandle's laboratory, UK)
Microbial technology for assessing the sterility of medicinal products on show.
Microbial technology for assessing the sterility of medicinal products on show.
Pharmig stand at the conference  putting forward new ideas for pharmaceutical microbiology.
Pharmig stand at the conference, putting forward new ideas for pharmaceutical microbiology.
Exhibitors examining microbiological methods at the Pharmig conference.
Exhibitors examining microbiological methods at the Pharmig conference.
The logo screen  welcoming delegates to the Pharmig microbiology conference.
The logo screen, welcoming delegates to the Pharmig microbiology conference.
A microbiologist undertakes molecular testing into an unknown bacterium. Photograph taken in Tim San...
A microbiologist undertakes molecular testing into an unknown bacterium. Photograph taken in Tim Sandle's laboratory.
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