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Bacteria use enzymes to defuse the immune system

These enzymes are of use to bacteria in two very different ways: to obtain food and to protect them from your body's immune system. Dr. Fatemeh Askarian at NMBU has discovered that these enzymes promote the ability of multi-drug ...

Stressed-out bacteria provide insights to antibiotic resistance

For a bacterium, the world can be a tough place to survive, a constant competition for food and space. Some bacteria, like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, secrete toxic molecules that act as a defense mechanism against nearby competitor ...

Mechanical forces of biofilms could play role in infections

The vast majority of bacteria in the world live on surfaces by forming structures called biofilms. These communities host thousands to millions of bacteria of different types, and are so biologically complex and active that ...

Deprived of oxygen, layers of bacteria get creative

Bacteria are found living nearly everywhere on our planet, from the inside of human intestines to the soil to deep underwater. When scientists study bacteria in the lab, they most often examine individual bacterial cells ...

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