To combat pathogens, the immune system has developed various mechanisms to detect, defend against and even destroy micro-organisms that are harmful to the body. This includes antimicrobial peptides and natural … Continue Reading International team identifies bacteria which protect against type 1 diabetes.
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by … Continue Reading Study shows nanosponge cleans up MRSA infections without the use of antibiotics.
Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome … Continue Reading The genomes and origins of the leprosy bacterias compared for the first time.
Cholera is caused when the bacterium Vibrio cholerae infects the small intestine. The disease is characterized by acute watery diarrhea resulting in severe dehydration. EPFL scientists have now demonstrated that … Continue Reading Scientists identify Cholera’s mode of horizontal gene transfer and drug-resistance.
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have shown for the first time how bacteria can grow directly in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. It is thought this will proffer … Continue Reading Scientists discover how bacteria grows directly in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered an enzyme that regulates production of the toxins that contribute to potentially life-threatening Staphylococcus aureus infections. The study is published in the … Continue Reading Discovery yields master regulator of toxin production in staph infections.
An experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of animal models against the highly infectious and virulent bacterium, Clostridium difficile, which causes an intestinal disease that kills approximately 30,000 Americans annually. The … Continue Reading C. difficile vaccine proves safe, 100 percent effective in animal models.