ASM Weekly Newsdigest #646

In this issue:

  1. Researchers Discover Bacteria That Can Produce Pure Gold
  2. New Antibiotic Disarms, Doesn’t Kill, Pathogens
  3. Can Dogs Get Flu From You? – Study Says It’s Possible
  4. SARS veterans tackle coronavirus
  5. Might Smallpox Virus Help Fight a Lethal Breast Cancer?
  6. Eyes May Possess Infection-Killing Power: Study
  7. Analysis of bacterial genes may help ID cause of dog brain disease, researchers say

Researchers Discover Bacteria That Can Produce Pure Gold
Gizmodo
October 4, 2012
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/10/researchers-discover-bacteria-that-can-produce-pure-gold/
Researchers have created a compact laboratory that uses the bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans to turn gold chloride — a toxic chemical liquid you can find in nature — into 99.9 per cent pure gold.


New Antibiotic Disarms, Doesn’t Kill, Pathogens
Laboratory Equipment
October 3, 2012
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/10/new-antibiotic-disarms-doesn%E2%80%99t-kill-pathogens
A new type of antibiotic can effectively treat an antibiotic-resistant infection by disarming instead of killing the bacteria that cause it.


Can Dogs Get Flu From You? – Study Says It’s Possible
October 4, 2012
RedOrbit
http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112706791/can-dogs-get-flu-from-you-100412/
Recent research explored the possibility of human-to-pet flu transmissions and found evidence that the infection of pets from humans – especially during the peak of flu season – is a cause for concern.


SARS veterans tackle coronavirus
Nature
October 3, 2012
http://www.nature.com/news/sars-veterans-tackle-coronavirus-1.11513
Scientists who helped to fight the 2003 epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) have sprung into action again to investigate the latest threat: a new SARS-related virus that has killed one man and left another seriously ill.


Might Smallpox Virus Help Fight a Lethal Breast Cancer?
US News & World Report
October 1, 2012
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/10/01/might-smallpox-virus-help-fight-a-lethal-breast-cancer
New animal research suggests it may be possible to use a form of smallpox virus to infect and kill the tumor cells of a particularly virulent form of breast cancer.


Eyes May Possess Infection-Killing Power: Study
US News & World Report
September 28, 2012
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/09/28/eyes-may-possess-infection-killing-power-study
Eye proteins that can kill harmful bacteria may prove useful in developing new powerful and inexpensive antimicrobial drugs, according to a new study.


Analysis of bacterial genes may help ID cause of dog brain disease, researchers say
PhysOrg
September 28, 2012
http://phys.org/news/2012-09-analysis-bacterial-genes-id-dog.html
Researchers found that a type of bacteria, known as Mycoplasma canis, invade dog's cells and suppress their immune system responses.

 

Information on other research developments can be found at these sites: 
Science News: 
http://www.microbeworld.org/
http://www.scicentral.com/
http://sciencedaily.com

 

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http://www.eurekalert.org/
http://www.newswise.com/

 

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