Engineered particles produce toxins deadly to targeted bacteria
The global rise in antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health, damaging our ability to fight deadly infections such as tuberculosis.
Network of tubes plays a key role in plants' immune defense
Chloroplasts, better known for taking care of photosynthesis in plant cells, play an unexpected role in responding to infections in plants, researchers at UC Davis and the University of Delaware have found.
Dual internal clocks keep plant defenses on schedule
Time management isn't just important for busy people—it's critical for plants, too. A Duke University study shows how two biological clocks work together to help plants deal with intermittent demands such as fungal infections, ...
A person's diet, acidity of urine may affect susceptibility to UTIs
The acidity of urine—as well as the presence of small molecules related to diet—may influence how well bacteria can grow in the urinary tract, a new study shows. The research, at Washington University ...
Possible explanation for high incidence of Chagas in some Peruvian communities
Researchers identify new class of antifungal agents
Researchers have identified a new class of antifungals to treat the more than 300 million people worldwide who develop serious fungal infections. The research is described in the current issue of mBio, the online open-access journa ...
Conservation policies could improve human health
Measures taken to protect ecosystems and the environment could also deliver public health benefits, according to a study published today.
Mosquitoes may also be a vector for Rickettsia felis
New anti-microbial compounds evade resistance with less toxicity
New compounds that specifically attack fungal infections without attacking human cells could transform treatment for such infections and point the way to targeted medicines that evade antibiotic resistance.
Molecular docking site of a bacterial toxin identified
Clostridium difficile is a dangerous intestinal bacterium that can cause severe diarrhoea and life-threatening intestinal infections after long-term treatment with antibiotics. The pharmacologists and toxicologists ...
How Salmonella synchronizes its invasion plan
A new study from the Institute of Food Research has uncovered a mechanism by which Salmonella bacteria organise the expression of genes required for infection.
Collaboration of citrus greening researchers begins 5-year plan to save citrus
A diverse group of researchers has teamed up to develop a therapeutic treatment for citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection that threatens the future of the U.S. citrus industry.
Company reports antifungal compounds that evade resistance
REVOLUTION Medicines, Inc., a company focused on the discovery and development of innovative drugs derived from natural compounds, announced that progress in antimicrobial drug discovery was published today in Nature Chemical Bi ...