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January 20, 2019

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January 20, 2019

Gut Bacteria Make Key Amino Acids Dispensable, Expanding Food Options for Invasive Flies

Jan. 16, 2019 — Fruit flies fed antibiotics to suppress their gut microbiome are forced to avoid the best food patches if they lack vital amino acids, according to a new ... read more

Researchers Create 'Shortcut' to Terpene Biosynthesis in E. Coli

Jan. 16, 2019 — Researchers have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in E.coli. This shorter, more efficient, cost-effective and customizable pathway transforms E. ... read more

Marine Bacterium Sheds Light on Control of Toxic Metals

Jan. 14, 2019 — An ocean-dwelling bacterium has provided fresh insights into how cells protect themselves from the toxic effects of metal ions such as iron and copper. Although essential to life, metal ions can also ... read more

Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR Repurposed to Develop Better Antibiotics

Jan. 11, 2019 — Scientists have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ... read more

Jan. 11, 2019 — Engineers have developed a microfluidic technique that can quickly process small samples of bacteria and gauge a specific property that's highly correlated with bacteria's ability to ... read more

Bacteria Help Discover Human Cancer-Causing Proteins

Jan. 10, 2019 — Researchers applied an unconventional approach that used bacteria to discover human proteins that can lead to DNA damage and promote ... read more

Viral Production Is Not Essential for Deaths Caused by Food-Borne Pathogen

Jan. 10, 2019 — The replication of a bacterial virus is not necessary to cause lethal disease in mice infected with a food-borne pathogen called Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), according to a new study. ... read more

Jan. 10, 2019 — Scientists have created an 'on' switch for CRISPR-Cas9 that allows it to be turned on in select cells only, specifically those that have a particular protein-cutting enzyme, or protease. ... read more

New Strategy May Curtail Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

Jan. 10, 2019 — In studying a bacterium that causes disease in hospitalized people, researchers have figured out a key step in the transmission of antibiotic resistance from one bacterium to another. Their insight ... read more

Bacterial Immunity and Infectious Disease

Jan. 8, 2019 — Patients with cystic fibrosis are often infected by pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the lungs and prevents breathing, often causing death. P. aeruginosa itself can also be infected ... read more

New Anti-Wolbachia Drug With Potential to Treat Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis

Jan. 8, 2019 — Researchers have successfully optimized a hit from a whole cell screening of a 10000-compound library to deliver the first novel fully synthetic and rationally designed anti-Wolbachia drug, AWZ1066S, ... read more

Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment Linked to Fecal Pollution

Jan. 8, 2019 — A study shows that 'crAssphage', a virus specific to bacteria in human feces, is highly correlated to the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in environmental ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — Researchers have sequenced the genome of a little squid to identify unique evolutionary footprints in symbiotic organs, yielding clues about how organs that house bacteria are especially suited for ... read more

Yeast Makes Ethanol to Prevent Metabolic Overload

Jan. 7, 2019 — Why do some yeast cells produce ethanol? Scientists have wondered about this apparent waste of resources for decades. Now scientists think they have a solution: yeast cells produce ethanol as a ... read more

In Fimo, We Trust: Finally a Name for the Experimental Examination of Excrement

Jan. 3, 2019 — To study gut bacteria, scientists focus much of their attention on excrement, which is teeming with bacteria that used to live in the gastrointestinal tract; for the sake of scientific accuracy, this ... read more

Mystery of Yemen Cholera Epidemic Solved

Jan. 2, 2019 — The most likely source of the cholera epidemic in Yemen has been discovered by scientists. Through the use of genomic sequencing, scientists estimate the strain of cholera causing the current ... read more

Unmuting Large Silent Genes Lets Bacteria Produce New Molecules, Potential Drug Candidates

Jan. 1, 2019 — By enticing away the repressors dampening unexpressed, silent genes in Streptomyces bacteria, researchers at the have unlocked several large gene clusters for new natural products. Since many ... read more

Dec. 27, 2018 — Researchers analyzing soil from Ireland long thought to have medicinal properties have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top ... read more

Trial Supports Use of Topical Antibiotics in NICU Babies

Dec. 27, 2018 — A team of doctors has performed a clinical trial involving multiple hospitals that tested the effectiveness of applying a topical antibiotic known as mupirocin for prevention of Staphylococcus aureus ... read more

Dec. 26, 2018 — Analyses of microbial community structures and whole genome sequencing were performed to the white colony-forming yeasts on kimchi ... read more

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