ASM Weekly Newsdigest #649

Issue #649

In this week's issue:

  1. Specific bacterial species may initiate, maintain Crohn's
  2. Cholera discovery could revolutionize antibiotic delivery
  3. Amoeba acts as ‘anthrax incubator’ according to study
  4. Repelling Viruses, Reviving Mammoths
  5. Researchers report on new SARS-like coronavirus
  6. Lab that made tainted steroid shots to get 'CSI' treatment
  7. Leaves of Chocolate Substitute Fight Food-Poisoning
  8. Amoeba feast on backpacks

Intestinal Bacteria Profile Altered in Pediatric Crohn’s
Doctor's Lounge
October 22, 2012
http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/pb/33088
Pediatric patients with Crohn's disease have altered levels of particular fecal bacterial species, some of which correlate with disease severity.


Cholera discovery could revolutionize antibiotic delivery
Phys.org
October 19, 2012
http://phys.org/news/2012-10-cholera-discovery-revolutionize-antibiotic-delivery.html
Researchers have explained how Vibrio cholerae became a deadly pathogen thousands of years ago.

Amoeba acts as ‘anthrax incubator’ according to study
The Examiner
October 19, 2012
http://www.examiner.com/article/amoeba-acts-as-anthrax-incubator-according-to-study
Researchers are now saying that anthrax bacteria has found the ability to invade a common soil/water amoeba, Acanthamoeba castellanii and multiply.


Repelling Viruses, Reviving Mammoths
Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2012
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443684104578062734031207640.html
Synthetic biology, already practicable and a boon to industry, could revolutionize human life.


Researchers report on new SARS-like coronavirus
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2012
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-saudi-arabia-coronavirus-20121018,0,627814.story
The coronavirus that killed a 60-year-old man in Saudi Arabia could have emerged in bats, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Lab that made tainted steroid shots to get 'CSI' treatment
Christian Science Monitor
October 24, 2012
http://news.yahoo.com/lab-made-tainted-steroid-shots-csi-treatment-001200314.html
Investigators are trying to determine how fungus-tainted steroid shots, produced in a Massachusetts lab, have caused 23 deaths. The lab's safety record is under scrutiny.


Leaves of Chocolate Substitute Fight Food-Poisoning
Laboratory Equipment
October 19, 2012
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/10/leaves-chocolate-substitute-fight-food-poisoning
Leaves of the plant that yields carob — the substitute for chocolate that some consider healthier than chocolate — are a rich source of antibacterial substances ideal for fighting the microbe responsible for listeriosis.


Amoeba feast on backpacks
Phys.org
October 22, 2012
http://phys.org/news/2012-10-amoeba-feast-backpacks.html
Listeria, which cause severe infections in humans, appear to have met their match: researchers have discovered that they are – quite literally – easy prey for a particular species of amoeba.

 

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