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Versatile Antibiotic Found With Self-Immunity Gene On Plasmid In Staph Strain

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 13, 2014 - A robust, broad spectrum antibiotic, and a gene that confers immunity to that antibiotic are both found in the bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis Strain 115. The antibiotic, a member of the thiopeptide family of antibiotics, is not in widespread use, partly due to its...


Plants Prepackage Beneficial Microbes in Their Seeds

WASHINGTON, DC – September 29, 2014 -- Plants have a symbiotic relationship with certain bacteria. These ‘commensal’ bacteria help the pants extract nutrients and defend against invaders – an important step in preventing pathogens from contaminating fruits and vegetables. Now, scientists have discovered that plants may package their commensal bacteria inside...


Sweat-Eating Bacteria May Improve Skin Health

WASHINGTON, DC – September 29, 2014 – Bacteria that metabolize ammonia, a major component of sweat, may improve skin health and some day could be used for the treatment of skin disorders, such as acne or chronic wounds. In a study conducted by AOBiome LLC, human volunteers using the bacteria reported...


Critically Ill ICU Patients Lose Almost All of Their Gut Microbes—And The Ones Left Aren’t The Good Guys

WASHINGTON, DC—September 23, 2014—Researchers at the University of Chicago have shown that after a long stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) only a handful of pathogenic microbe species remain behind in patients’ intestines. The team tested these remaining pathogens and discovered that some can become deadly when provoked by...


Influenza A Potentiates Pneumococcal Co-Infection: New Details Emerge

WASHINGTON, DC – September 22, 2014 – Influenza infection can enhance the ability of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae to cause ear and throat infections, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity.


What’s in your Gut? Certain Bacteria May Influence Susceptibility to Infection

WASHINGTON, DC –September 16, 2014 – The specific composition of bacterial species in a person’s gut may protect against or increase susceptibility to Campylobacter, the most common cause of human bacterial intestinal inflammation, according research published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology....


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...


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.


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...


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.