News tagged with bacterial genome

When viruses infect bacteria

(PhysOrg.com) -- Viruses are the most abundant parasites on Earth. Well known viruses, such as the flu virus, attack human hosts, while viruses such as the tobacco mosaic virus infect plant hosts.

dateJun 30, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology
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Gonorrhea acquires a piece of human DNA

If a human cell and a bacterial cell met at a speed-dating event, they would never be expected to exchange phone numbers, much less genetic material. In more scientific terms, a direct transfer of DNA has never been recorded ...

dateFeb 14, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology
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Biotech offers promise for producing fuel

Fuel may be a messy business now, as the oil spill fouling the Gulf reminds us. But it might not always have to be. Scientists envision facilities that churn out black gold by enlisting engineered bacteria, yeast and algae ...

dateAug 09, 2010 in Biotechnology
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Genomes of citrus canker pathogens decoded

An international team of scientists from Brazil and the United States have completed the draft genome sequences of two strains of the Xanthomonas bacteria that cause citrus canker. Citrus canker, a belligerent disease that h ...

dateApr 22, 2010 in Biotechnology
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Flu jab for bacteria

Viruses can wreak havoc on bacteria as well as humans and, just like us, bacteria have their own defence system in place, explains Professor John van der Oost, at the Society for General Microbiology's spring ...

dateMar 31, 2010 in Cell & Microbiology
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