Cow Manure Harbors Diverse New Antibiotic Resistance Genes

WASHINGTON, DC—April 22, 2014—Manure from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertilizer, contains a surprising number of newly identified antibiotic resistance genes from the cows’ gut bacteria. The findings, reported in mBio® the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, hints that cow manure is a potential source of new types of antibiotic resistance genes that transfer to bacteria in the soils where food is grown.

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Long-Term Antibiotic Treatment for Q Fever Causes Weight Gain

WASHINGTON, DC – April 14, 2014 – Scientists have unearthed still more evidence that antibiotics can contribute to obesity.  Research published ahead of print in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy suggests that patients on long-term antibiotic treatment gained weight and had significant changes in their gut microbiota.

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Chikungunya Poised to Invade the Americas

WASHINGTON, DC – April 7, 2014 – A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

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Antimicrobial from Soaps Promotes Bacteria Buildup in Human Noses

 

WASHINGTON, DC – April 8, 2014 – An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection. Researchers at the University of Michigan report their findings this week in a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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First Look at Breast Microbiota Raises Tantalizing Questions

WASHINGTON, DC – March 24, 2014 – The female breast contains a unique population of microbes relative to the rest of the body, according to the first-ever study of the breast microbiome. That study sought to lay the groundwork for understanding how this bacterial community contributes to health and disease, says first author Camilla Urbaniak, a PhD student at the University of Western Ontario. The research was published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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