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Biochemistry 12 hours ago

Natural antibiotic's multi-level attack strategy prevents resistance

The natural antibiotic lugdunin, discovered three years ago by Tübingen researchers, attacks pathogenic bacteria in several different ways simultaneously. It also interacts with the defense mechanisms of the human body, ...

Cell & Microbiology 11 hours ago

Widely available antibiotics could be used in the treatment of 'superbug' MRSA

Some MRSA infections could be tackled using widely-available antibiotics, suggests new research from an international collaboration led by scientists at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Cell & Microbiology 19 hours ago

The solution to antibiotic resistance could be in your kitchen sponge

Researchers from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) have discovered bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, living in their kitchen sponges. As the threat of antibiotic resistance increases, bacteriophages, ...

Cell & Microbiology Jun 22, 2019

Ocean swimming alters skin microbiome, increasing vulnerability to infection

Swimming in the ocean alters the skin microbiome and may increase the likelihood of infection, according to research presented at ASM Microbe 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Environment Jun 18, 2019

Leaving microbes out of climate change conversation has major consequences, experts warn

More than 30 microbiologists from 9 countries have issued a warning to humanity—they are calling for the world to stop ignoring an 'unseen majority' in Earth's biodiversity and ecosystem when addressing climate change.

Cell & Microbiology Jun 22, 2019

Plants may be transmitting superbugs to people

Antibiotic-resistant infections are a threat to global public health, food safety and an economic burden. To prevent these infections, it is critical to understand how antibiotic-resistant bacteria and their genes are transmitted ...

Cell & Microbiology Jun 21, 2019

Antibiotic resistance in spore-forming probiotic bacteria

New research has found that six probiotic Bacillus strains are resistant to several antibiotics. Genetic analysis of other Bacillus strains has shown genes that contribute to antibiotic resistance towards various types of ...

Cell & Microbiology Jun 21, 2019

Experiments with salt-tolerant bacteria in brine have implications for life on Mars

Salt-tolerant bacteria grown in brine were able to revive after the brine was put through a cycle of drying and rewetting. The research has implications for the possibility of life on Mars, as well as for the danger of contaminating ...

Ecology Jun 21, 2019

Skin bacteria could save frogs from virus

Bacteria living on the skin of frogs could save them from a deadly virus, new research suggests.

Environment Jun 19, 2019

Why tiny microbes may be a big factor in how climate change unfolds

Climate change is about big things: melting ice sheets, rising seas, the feverish temperature of the planet.

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