Microbiology News
May 22, 2019

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Tiger sharks have a reputation for being the 'garbage cans of the sea' -- they'll eat just about anything, from dolphins and sea turtles to rubber tires. And in a new study, ... read more

Developing Biosecurity Tool to Detect Genetically Engineered Organisms in the Wild

If a genetically or synthetically engineered organism gets into the environment, how will we tell it apart from the millions of naturally occurring ... read more
People who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, ... read more

Staying in Shape: How Rod-Shaped Bacteria Grow Long, Not Wide

Researchers show how the rod-shaped bacteria Bacillus subtilis maintains its precise diameter while growing end to ... read more
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Virulence Factor of the Influenza A Virus Mapped in Real-Time

Researchers have used high-speed microscopy to investigate native structure and conformational dynamics of hemagglutinin in influenza ... read more

How Host-Cell Enzymes Combat the Coronavirus

Host-cell enzymes called PARP12 and PARP14 are important for inhibiting mutant forms of a coronavirus, according to a new ... read more

Could Better Tests Help Reverse the Rise of Drug-Resistant Infections?

Faster, more accurate tests for drug-resistant infections are hailed as a promising tool in the fight against antibiotic resistance, so much so that the US and Britain are offering millions in prize ... read more

A Tale of Two Skeeters

A native mosquito in Missouri has fewer parasites when it shares its waters with an interloper, according to new ... read more

Antibody Responses Vs. Ebola Keep Evolving in Survivors, Months After Recovery

Antiviral antibodies produced by survivors of Ebola infection continue to evolve and improve after recovery, according to a study of immune responses in four people who received care at Emory ... read more

Human Antibody Reveals Hidden Vulnerability in Influenza Virus

The ever-changing 'head' of an influenza virus protein has an unexpected Achilles heel, report scientists. The team discovered the structure of a naturally occurring human antibody that ... read more

Key Step in Cell Protein Production

Scientists have discovered how genes create proteins in research which could aid the development of treatments for human ... read more

Evolution in the Gut

Evolution and dietary habits interact and determine the composition of bacteria in the digestive tract. Many microorganisms in the intestine seem to have developed in sync with their host animals ... read more

Antibiotic Treatment Alleviates Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms in Male Mice

Researchers have demonstrated that the type of bacteria living in the gut can influence the development of Alzheimer's disease symptoms in mice. The study shows that, by altering the gut ... read more

Breakthrough Technique for Studying Gene Expression Takes Root in Plants

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time -- a breakthrough that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer ... read more

Developing egg cells conduct tests to select the healthiest of their energy-making machines to be passed to the next ... read more

Data collected from over 1 million forest plots reveals patterns of where plant roots form symbiotic relationships with fungi and ... read more

Over-Fed Bacteria Make People Sick

In a new hypothesis, a CRC 1182 research team suggests that inflammatory diseases are caused by an over-supply of food, and the associated disturbance of the intestine's natural bacterial ... read more

Researchers identify exact cells mediating the mouse's defense against Staphylococcus infection ... read more

The first humans who settled in Scandinavia more than 10,000 years ago left their DNA behind in ancient chewing gums, which are masticated lumps made from birch bark ... read more

A recent study found that the age and sex of an individual strongly influences the bacterial diversity of the gut ... read more

Newly Identified Bacteria-Killing Protein Needs Vitamin A to Work

People who have inadequate vitamin A in their diets are more susceptible to skin infection, yet how that vitamin affects skin immunity has been unclear. New research sheds some light on that mystery ... read more

Rice Blast Fungus Study Sheds New Light on Virulence Mechanisms of Plant Pathogenic Fungi

Researchers examined the fungal cell biology of rice blast fungus pathogenesis and recently published the first systematic and comprehensive report on the molecular mechanism of the actin-binding ... read more

Unexplored Neural Circuit Modulates Memory Strength

The fruit fly mushroom body contains three groups of neurons that produce dopamine. Two of them work together to process aversive memories, a new study ... read more

If the temperature is too high, potato plants form significantly lower numbers of tubers. Biochemists have now discovered the reason why. If the temperature rises, a so-called small RNA blocks the ... read more

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