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Faster genetic diagnosis for hereditary diseases

Researchers connected to the University of Antwerp have developed a new method that enables them to track down the cause of hereditary diseases more quickly and efficiently.

TB drug explodes bacteria

An international team of biochemists has discovered how an experimental drug unleashes its destructive force inside the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.

Winter flu, summer bacteria

Researchers have discovered that serious infections caused by gram-negative bacteria can go up as much as 17 percent with every 10 degree...

Synthetic virus supports a bat origin for SARS

In an effort to understand how SARS-CoV may have jumped from bats to humans, a team of investigators has now generated a synthetic SARS-like bat coronavirus.

Range of tests for influenza viruses

Oxoid offers a range of valuable diagnostic tools for the detection of respiratory disease caused by influenza virus Types A and B.

Bacterial decision-making deciphered

Scientists have answered a fundamental question of how important bacterial proteins make life-and-death decisions that allow them to...

Stomach ulcer bug causes bad breath

For the first time, scientists have found Helicobacter pylori living in the mouths of people who are not showing signs of stomach disease.

A 21st century plague?

Bacteria that can cause serious heart disease in humans are being spread by rat fleas, sparking concern that the infections could become a bigger problem in humans.

3-D glimpse of bacterial cell-wall architecture

Bacterial cell walls are actually made up of a thin single layer of carbohydrate chains, linked together by peptides, which wrap around the bacterium.

Making a case for health benefits of sesame seeds and konjac gum

Manufacturers are sharpening their focus on two well-known foodstuffs following publication of Dutch research showing that konjac gum and sesame seed extract may reduce gastrointestinal problems. Sean Ottewell reports.

Gold nanostar shape of the future

Tiny gold stars, smaller than a billionth of a meter, may hold the promise for new approaches to medical diagnoses or testing for environmental contaminants.

Protein tubules free avian flu virus

A protein found in the virulent avian influenza virus strain called H5N1 forms tiny tubules in which it hides the pieces of double-stranded RNA formed during viral infection.

How TB thwarts the immune system

A link between the immune system and the self-cleaning system by which biological cells rid themselves of obsolete or toxic parts may one day yield new weapons in the fight against tuberculosis.

XDR-TB: Deadlier and more mysterious

New research has found that XDR-TB is increasingly common and more deadly than previously known and is a growing public health threat.

Persistent bacterial infection exploits macrophages

A new study reveals an important and newly discovered pathway used by disease-causing bacteria to evade the host immune system and survive and grow within the very cells meant to destroy them.

Bacterial clotting depends on clustering

Bacteria can directly cause human blood and plasma to clot-a process that was previously thought to have been lost during the course of vertebrate evolution, according to new research.

Biosynthetics production with detours

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung have achieved an important advance in better understanding metabolic pathways in bacteria and their use.

Tiny fungi may have sex while infecting humans

Researchers have proven that microsporidia are true fungi and that this species most likely undergoes a form of sexual reproduction during infection of humans and other host animals.

Four new suspect Alzheimer's genes

The first family-based genome-wide association study in Alzheimer's disease has identified the sites of four novel genes that may significantly influence risk.

Predatory bacteria hunting techniques

Researchers discover that swarms of bacteria, such as Myxococcus xanthus - a bacterium commonly found in soil - ripple purposefully toward...

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