Little Too Late: Researchers Identify Disease That May Have Plagued 700-Year-Old Skeleton

WASHINGTON, DC – July 15, 2014 – European researchers have recovered a genome of the bacterium Brucella melitensis from a 700-year-old skeleton found in the ruins of a Medieval Italian village.

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Study Reveals Fungus in Yogurt Outbreak Poses a Threat to Consumers

WASHINGTON, DC – July 8, 2014 – The fungus responsible for an outbreak of contaminated Greek yogurt last year is not harmless after all but a strain with the ability to cause disease, according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Foodborne Bacteria Can Cause Disease in Some Breeds of Chickens After All

WASHINGTON, DC – July 1, 2014 – Contrary to popular belief, the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni is not a harmless commensal in chickens but can cause disease in some breeds of poultry according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Novel Intravaginal Ring Shows Promise For HIV Prevention

WASHINGTON, DC – July 2, 2014 – A novel intravaginal ring implanted with anti-retroviral drug tablets, or pods, demonstrated sustained and controlled drug release and safety over 28 days, according to a paper published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The ring, designed to prevent transmission of HIV, was tested in pig-tailed macaque monkeys, and is engineered to be inexpensive, all the better for use in developing countries, says corresponding author Marc Baum.

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Bacterial Colonies Evolve Amazing Diversity

WASHINGTON, DC – June 30, 2014 – Like human societies--think New York City--bacterial colonies have immense diversity among their inhabitants, often generated in the absence of specific selection pressures, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Bacteriology.

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