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Study finds MRSA in Midwestern swine

The first study documenting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in swine and swine workers in the United States has found a strain, known as ST398, in a swine production system in the Midwest

How lungs fight bacteria

Researchers show that airway epithelial cells initiate an immune response to inhaled bacteria by signalling for white blood cells to move from the bloodstream into the lungs and airway to fight potential infection.

Lasting herpes protection

A topical microbicide that silences two genes can safely protect against genital herpes infection for as long as one week, according to a joint study.

Microbes fuel energy debate

Microbes may well be the answer to the global energy crisis. By fermenting biomass to produce biofuels, they offer a possible climate-friendly solution to the anticipated shortfall in fossil fuel supply.

Ancient microbes, modern implications

The study of ancient microbes may not seem consequential, but it has implications for the state of modern human health. Scientist...

Novel approach to HIV treatment

A recent study revealed that a variant of a protein involved in HIV pathogenesis can suppress production of an HIV protein, known as Nef.

Comparison of microbial communities

Numbering in the tens of trillions and representing many thousands of distinct genetic families, a microbiome helps the body perform a variety of regulatory and digestive functions, many still poorly understood.

Bacteria damage coral health

Researchers have found that yellow band disease seems to be getting worse with global warming and announced that they've identified the bacteria responsible for the disease.

Tapping the full potential of antibody libraries

Scientsts have for the first time developed a new screening technique that enables antibody screening against equally massive libraries of targets. This technique makes it possible to accelerate searches for new treatments against cancer...

New family of antibacterial agents

As bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics continue to increase in number, scientists keep searching for new sources of drugs. One potential new bactericide has been found in the tiny freshwater animal Hydra.

From poison to prevention

One of the major challenges in modern vaccinology is to engineer vectors that are highly infectious, yet don't cause illness and ensuring...

Increased susceptibility to Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers showed that women who inherited two copies of a variant in the PCDH11X gene, found on the X chromosome, are at considerably greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Nose-spray vaccine against botulism

A preclinical study found a new nasal spray vaccine to provide complete protection against a major botulism toxin, according to a study published in the Nature journal Gene Therapy.

Importance of understanding extinct microbes

The study of ancient microbes may not seem consequential, but such pioneering research at the University of Oklahoma has implications for the state of modern human health.

Anti-fungal drug offers great benefits

Some patients with severe asthma who also have allergic sensitivity to certain fungi enjoy great improvements in their quality of life and on other measures after taking an anti-fungal drug, according to new research.

Sulphurous ping-pong in the urinary tract

Researchers studying transfer processes among sulfurylated molecules discovered a protein, sulfotransferase, whose function is known but which exhibits a previously unknown structure.

Salmonella bacteria's molecular tactics

A researcher has taken a keen interest in the regulatory mechanisms that allow Salmonella to overcome their surroundings and continuously modify both their own and their host's responses in order to stay alive.

Potent treatment for fungal infections

The effectiveness of voriconazole in combating fungal infections has been confirmed by a new study. The research reinforces earlier findings that this drug is a potent antifungal drug.

Manipulating salmonella in space curtails infectiousness

Spaceflight experiments have shown that Salmonella gene expression and virulence are profoundly altered by microgravity, with the pathogenic...

Immune cells intercepting parasites

Researchers may have identified one of the body's earliest responses to a group of parasites that causes illness in developing nations.

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