Strategic Self-Sabotage? MRSA Inhibits Its Own Growth

WASHINGTON, DC September 15, 2014 -- Scientists at the University of Western Ontario have uncovered a bacterial mystery.  Against all logic, the most predominant strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in North American produces an enzyme that degrades skin secretions into compounds that are toxic to itself. The research is published online ahead of print in the Journal of Bacteriology.

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Commensal Bacteria Help Orchestrate Immune Response in Lung

WASHINGTON, DC – September 11, 2014 – Studies in mice demonstrate that signals from the bacteria that harmlessly—and often beneficially—inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system’s ability to kill a major respiratory pathogen, Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a paper published online ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity.

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Polyester Clothes Stink After Exercise; Cotton, Not So Much

WASHINGTON, DC – September 3, 2014 – Polyester clothes smell worse than cotton, following intensive exercise by their wearers, because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Researchers Identify Novel Virus that Could Cause Respiratory Disease in Ball Pythons

WASHINGTON, DC – September 9, 2014 – Researchers have identified a novel virus that could be the source of a severe, sometimes fatal respiratory disease that has been observed in captive ball pythons since the 1990s. The work is published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Common European MRSA Originated in Africa

WASHINGTON, DC – August 26, 2014 – The predominant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, a team of international researchers reported this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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