Tag Archives: microbiology

Virulence mechanisms of MRSA

Post by Daniel Amund, London Metropolitan University The emergence of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains as potentially lethal pathogens is a continuing cause for public health concern worldwide. An understanding of the various virulence mechanisms used by these antibiotic-resistant bacterial … Continue reading

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A new player in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm regulation

Post by Sarah Maddocks, Cardiff Metropolitan University Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a human pathogen commonly associated with lung infections in cystic fibrosis sufferers, and is emerging as the most prevalent cause of infection in burns patients. Multidrug-resistant strains of P. aeruginosa … Continue reading

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Gut survival: a new E. coli protein player

Post by Greg Potter, Dalhousie University, Canada During a routine trip to the supermarket, consumers today can easily purchase foods sourced from all corners of the globe. Our supply does not come without its share of problems though; food safety … Continue reading

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The limits of bacterial hitchhiking

Post by Rachel Roberts, University of Reading Bacteria are able to move across oceans, deserts and mountain ranges with relative ease, by hitching a ride in clouds of dust or water vapour. The rules that govern the dispersal, or ‘biogeography’, … Continue reading

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Life in a cold climate

Post by Lizzy Andrew, Newcastle University Life can exist and thrive in even the most extreme environments. Investigating regions which are uninhabitable for most organisms can identify species with remarkable tolerance for a number of environmental stresses, including acute temperatures, … Continue reading

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Bats and their viral tenants

Post by Sruthi Raghavan, Freelance science writer Bats are an important natural reservoir of gammaretroviruses, a type of retrovirus.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We all know that bats roost in trees, caves and even houses. But they seem to be oblivious to, and … Continue reading

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Boosting natural immunity to tackle malaria

Post by Jessica Blair, University of Birmingham Scientists are exploring a novel approach to fight malaria in regions of the world where it is endemic. The strategy is to give anti-malarial medicines to people living in malaria endemic areas who … Continue reading

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Fighting infectious fungi with vaccines

Post by Rebecca Way, University of Aberdeen With antifungal treatments failing due to increasing resistance to antimicrobials, fungal infections are emerging as a silent killer in the healthcare setting. Scientists are researching strategies to overcome this problem and are trying … Continue reading

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