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'Smart' wound dressings could identify and destroy infection-causing bacteria
Researchers engineer bacterium to hunt down and kill pathogens
Scientists unveil 3-D structure of 'molecular machine' that initiates DNA transcription after 3 decades of searching
An team of Rutgers University scientists led by Richard H. Ebright and Eddy Arnold has determined the three-dimensional structure of the transcription initiation complex, the key intermediate in the process by which cells ...
Researchers discover wasp larva disinfect their food before eating
Life's extremists may be an untapped source of antibacterial drugs
One of the most mysterious forms of life may turn out to be a rich and untapped source of antibacterial drugs.
Eradicating dangerous bacteria may cause permanent harm
In the zeal to eliminate dangerous bacteria, it is possible that we are also permanently killing off beneficial bacteria as well, posits Martin Blaser, MD, Frederick H. King Professor of Medicine, professor of Microbiology ...
How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection
(Phys.org) —Australian researchers have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.
Bacterial protein caught in the act of secreting sticky appendages
(PhysOrg.com) -- New atomic-level "snapshots" published in the June 2, 2011, issue of Nature reveal details of how bacteria such as E. coli produce and secrete sticky appendages called pili, which help the mi ...
Bright bills in mallards helps duck semen fight bacteria
Study shows use of feces as building material by termites serves as antibiotic
New antibacterial fabric could revolutionise infection control
(Phys.org) —RMIT researchers have developed a new antibacterial fabric that can kill a range of infectious bacteria, such as E coli, within 10 minutes.
Study shows manure from cows not given antibiotics still causes increase in resistant bacteria in soil
Bees 'self-medicate' when infected with some pathogens
Research from North Carolina State University shows that honey bees "self-medicate" when their colony is infected with a harmful fungus, bringing in increased amounts of antifungal plant resins to ward off ...