The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see

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Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colourful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses to turn “Oh, yuck” into “Oh, wow.” Synthetic biologist Tal Danino washes his hands constantly, one of the occupational hazards of working with bacteria all day at the Synthetic Biological Systems Lab, which […]

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs

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A new class of antibiotics has been discovered by analysing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, scientists report. Tests reported in the journal Nature found the resulting drug, lugdunin, could treat superbug infections. The researchers, at the University of Tubingen in Germany, say the human body is an untapped source of new drugs. The last new […]

Illness: How Bacterial Protective Shell Adapts

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Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have published new findings on the adaptation of the bacterial cell wall in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The study reveals novel bacterial defence mechanisms against the immune system and how they can become resistant to antibiotics. Bacteria are surrounded by a mesh-like structure which, similar to an […]

Gut bacteria-based supplement reduces cravings for high-calorie foods

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Cravings for chocolate, pizza, and other high-calorie foods could be reduced by consuming a gut bacteria-based supplement, suggests a new study published inThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found the supplement inulin-propionate ester reduced food reward brain activity, which dampened participants’ cravings for high-calorie foods. Credit: http://bit.ly/29xVioS Researchers from Imperial College London and the University […]

‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease

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The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies. A T-cell (orange) on the attack, Credit: SPL US researchers treated Pemphigus vulgaris in mice by instigating civil war within the immune system, and say the approach could work in people. Experts said the treatment, published in […]

Chronic fatigue syndrome is in your gut, not your head

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Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. Credit: https://www.ten.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/pil08-fatigue-pushing-the-boundary1.jpg […]

Research may point to new ways to deliver drugs into bacteria

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An exhaustive look at how bacteria hold their ground and avoid getting pushed around by their environment shows how dozens of genes aid the essential job of protecting cells from popping when tensions run high. For centuries, biologists have considered cells the irreducible unit of life, and cells require various types of envelopes to contain […]

Experimental drug shows promise against deadly MRSA infections

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The race to find new treatments against deadly MRSA has a new contestant in the form of an experimental drug that successfully treated the infections of the drug-resistant bacteria in animals. The compound, called TXA709, also restored the effectiveness of Cefdinir – an antibiotic in use for nearly 20 years that had lost its ability […]

Novel blood test could diagnose diseases with no known antigens

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It may one day be possible to identify cancer, autoimmune diseases, and a wealth of other conditions from a single drop of blood, after a team from the University of Pittsburgh reveals the creation of a test that holds promise for such a feat. Researchers have created a blood test that they say could diagnose […]

The superbug that experts have been dreading has just reached the US

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A type of bacteria that’s resistant to the last antibiotic we have left against superbugs has made it to the US, and it signals something doctors have been dreading for years – the end for antibiotics. The bacterium, a strain of Escherichia coli, was found in the urine of a Pennsylvania woman. The strain is […]

World’s Deadliest Diseases – Smallpox, Botulism & Anthrax

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If you think you’re having a bad day, the following article may cheer you up – count your lucky stars that you don’t have any of the following illnesses. Today’s broadcast will be focusing on the world’s deadliest diseases. Of course there are many diseases that can be considered just as bad as these but […]

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Beware of microbial traffic jams

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Biophysicist finds that rapidly proliferating yeast pack quite a punch: Up to 150 psi When tiny microbes jam up like fans exiting a baseball stadium, they can do some real damage. A wild strain of yeast growing in a tiny chamber gradually fills the space and, because the yeast cells are so sticky, easily clog […]

The health hazards of space travel

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Space tourism? Why not? See the world as you have never seen it before. With at least 700 people signed up for commercial trips, and scientists figuring out how we can live on Mars, the impossible is becoming real. Are there hazards? Of course. As one researcher puts it: “Space is an unforgiving environment that […]

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Treating sepsis by protecting blood vessels shows promise

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No specific treatment is currently available for sepsis – also referred to as blood poisoning or septicemia – a life-threatening condition that affects 19 million people worldwide every year. Now, a new study shows that protecting blood vessels from the damage caused by sepsis could be a way to successfully treat a condition that poses […]

Synthetic Biology

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The world of medicine is a big one. Far bigger than most of us can even begin to imagine. During the next few weeks, we will talk about some of the less talked about branches of medicine like Biomedical Research, Biotechnology, and Bioengineering.  http://sustainablepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/synthetic-biology.jpg Today’s article is on a relatively new field called Synthetic Biology. […]

Pharmaceutical Development and Antibiotic Effectiveness

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The Chalcone Compound, Space is the Limit – from Ground to Microgravity Testing The following article was authored by Mrs. Jonna Ocampo, Principal Investigator, CD-SEAS Mission Microgravity and Commercial Scientist-Astronaut Candidate, Project PoSSUM Pharmaceutical antimicrobial effectiveness is paramount when subject to extreme environments such as weightlessness. This weightlessness in space is known as microgravity and can be similar […]

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Antibiotic Resistance – What is it and how do we stop it?

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Today’s Medical News is filled with stories about cancer, mental problems and obesity, but there is a category that is very often under reported. Its called Antibiotic Resistance. During this report we aim to show you what Antibiotics are, what antibiotic resistance is, why it’s a problem and what we are doing to stop it. Credit: http://www.nesta.org.uk/sites/default/files/bacteria_graphic.jpg Antibiotics have […]

Smartphones enable the world’s largest disease study

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The results of the largest infectious disease study ever to be undertaken have revealed that 100 million people around the world are at risk of blindness from the infectious disease trachoma. Smartphones enabled organizers to ensure that data could be easily collected in even the most remote parts of the world and then subsequently transmitted […]

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Scientists look for new antibiotic drugs in unexpected places

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Many of the drugs we use in hospitals – antibiotics, antifungals and anti-cancer drugs, to name but a few – are produced by bacteria that live in the soil beneath our feet. Most of the antibiotics we use were discovered by scientists in the mid-20th century, but as the threat of drug resistant infections increases, […]

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Genetically modified E. coli pump out morphine precursor

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Bacteria engineered in Japan yield 300 times more opiates than yeast. A common gut microbe could soon be offering us pain relief. Japanese bioengineers have tweaked Escherichia coli genes so that they pump out thebaine, a morphine precursor that can be modified to make painkillers. The genetically modified E. coli produces 300 times more thebaine […]

First-ever research programme launched to tackle superbugs

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Research will use drug re-purposing to test whether existing therapies for the treatment of any medical condition can extend the life of existing antibiotics To meet the challenge of the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria (superbugs), national charity ‘Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) is commissioning the first ever research programme to screen antibiotic resistance breakers against antibiotic resistance in […]

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs may be overcome by ‘breaking down their walls’

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A new study that uncovers a mechanism that allows bacteria to fend off immune cells and drugs could pave the way for a new generation of drugs that kill the microbes by bringing down their cell walls. The finding offers a new direction to pursue in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The researchers examined the […]

Blood test could identify which patients need antibiotics

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One of the main drivers of antibiotic resistance is overprescription and misuse of antibiotics. But in a new study, researchers reveal how they are a step closer to developing a blood test that can identify whether a respiratory illness is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, allowing more accurate antibiotic prescribing. Antibiotics are drugs used […]

Finding the Needle in a Microbial Haystack

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Newswise — PHILADELPHIA – Patients who are undergoing treatment for diseases such as cancer often face the added challenge of a compromised immune system, which can be a toll both of their condition and the drugs used to treat it, leaving them vulnerable to various opportunistic infections. Many of these infections are not only life-threatening, […]