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Researchers ID Novel Virus in U.S. Piglets Affected by Diarrhea Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 19, 2015 – A novel virus affecting young piglets and swine blood meal, an ingredient in pig feed, has been isolated and identified by researchers at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. 


Giant Panda Gut Bacteria Can’t Efficiently Digest Bamboo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 19, 2015 – It’s no wonder that giant pandas are always chewing and eating, say Chinese researchers: their gut bacteria are not the type for efficiently digesting bamboo.


Phage Spread Antibiotic Resistance

WASHINGTON D.C. - Friday, May 15, 2015 - Investigators found that nearly half of  the 50 chicken meat samples purchased from supermarkets, street markets, and butchers in Austria contained viruses that are capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes from one bacterium to another—or from one species to another. “Our work suggests...


Bacterial communities can act as precise biosensors of environmental damage

WASHINGTON, DC — May 12, 2015— A multidisciplinary group of US-based researchers has shown that the mixture of species found within natural bacterial communities in the environment can accurately predict the presence of contaminants such as uranium, nitrate, and oil. The findings, published this week in mBio, the online open-access...


New Light On Bacterial Microcompartments: Ultimate Applications May Include Renewable Chemicals, Drug Delivery, Novel Antimicrobials

Washington, D.C.- May 11, 2015- Bacteria contain “microcompartments,” which are poorly understood organelles that play critical roles in metabolism. Understanding how they work may ultimately enable engineering them for useful applications. In salmonella, which possess two microcompartment types, coexpression is prevented by gene regulation. Concurrent expression rendered them nonfunctional, and resulted...


Fecal Microbiota Transplant Cures C. diff, Blocks Multi-Drug Resistant Pathogens

Washington, D.C. - May 6, 2015 - A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) not only cured a case of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection in a 66 year old man; it eliminated populations of multi-drug resistant organisms both in the patient's gastrointestinal tract, and at several other body sites. This case report...


Viruses: You’ve Heard the Bad. Here’s the Good

Washington, D.C. - April 30, 2015 - “The word, virus, connotes morbidity and mortality, but that bad reputation is not universally deserved,” said Marilyn Roossinck, PhD, Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. “Viruses, like bacteria, can be important beneficial microbes...


First case of rabies in over a decade: Lessons for healthcare personnel

Washington, D.C. - April 22, 2015 - A team of French clinicians has diagnosed the first case of rabies in France since 2003. Only 20 cases of human rabies had been diagnosed in France between 1970 and 2003. The patient was unaware of having been bitten, so the diagnosis was...


New Research Sheds Light on Popular Probiotic's Benefits for the Gut

Washington, D.C. - April 14, 2015 - In recent years, research into the benefits of gut bacteria has exploded. Scientists across the globe are examining how these microbes can help improve health and prevent disease.


Genetically Engineered Salmonella Promising as Anti-cancer Therapy

Washington, D.C. - April 14, 2015 - A new study has demonstrated that genetically modified Salmonella can be used to kill cancer cells. The study is published in this week’s issue of mBio, an American Society for Microbiology online-only, open access journal.