Tag Archives: bacteria

Hold tight: A mussel-inspired ‘living glue’

Many aquatic animals spend much of their lives stuck to surfaces that can include rocks, ships or even whales. Limpets and sea stars, for example, use a form of adhesion that allows them to move on the surface they have … Continue reading

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New to Science: October Edition

Each month, the Society for General Microbiology publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered, and the places they’ve … Continue reading

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Thinking about science like Louis Pasteur: Lessons from History

Scientific discoveries and achievements from centuries past are often portrayed as a set of fully-fledged concepts and perfect results. The exacting trial-and-error processes and frequent setbacks we know from modern-day science are rarely mentioned. Why could this be – was … Continue reading

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New to science: October 2013

Each month, the Society for General Microbiology publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered, and the … Continue reading

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New to science: September 2013

Each month, the Society for General Microbiology publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, which details newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered, and the … Continue reading

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The shapeshifting, self-injecting bacterial syringe

Sometimes nature is just a bit weird. Today at the SGM Autumn conference, Dr Stefan Raunser, a structural biologist from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, told us all about a remarkable new class of bacterial toxin that changes … Continue reading

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Silver nanoparticles have antibacterial properties!

Post by Rebecca Way, University of Aberdeen Silver nanoparticles have been shown to have effective antibacterial activity against a range of disease-causing bacteria. In this study featured in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, nano-silver was put to the test against … Continue reading

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Bacterioides fragilis: resistance is rising

Post by Naomi Osborne, ThermoFisher Scientific The emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) micro-organisms is ever increasing; Staphylococcus aureus, Clostrium difficile, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Acinetobacter baumanii – the list seems endless. A review published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology discusses the … Continue reading

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‘Naturally’ targeted inhibition of gut pathogens over commensals

Post by David Guymer, Newcastle University The term ‘essential oils’ is frequently used and often represents a catch-all for a variety of volatile, water-insoluble compounds extracted from plants. While potentially harmful, undiluted, these oils have been used throughout history in … Continue reading

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Boosting stress tolerance in yeast

Post by Jana Hiltner, University of Strathclyde Japanese researchers have discovered that transferring a stress protein from the salt-tolerant plant Suaeda japonica into yeast makes it more tolerant towards stresses such as heat, cold, high salinity, extreme pH and hydrogen … Continue reading

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