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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

More Scrutiny Needed for Less-Deadly Foodborne Bacteria

Feb. 13, 2019 — Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria -- Bacillus cereus -- which cause foodborne illness, according to ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — The anopheline mosquitoes that carry malaria were present 100 million years ago, new research shows, potentially shedding fresh light on the history of a disease that continues to kill more than ... read more

Scientists Use Machine Learning to ID Source of Salmonella

Feb. 11, 2019 — A team of scientists has developed a machine-learning approach that could lead to quicker identification of the animal source of certain Salmonella ... read more

New Tuberculosis Drug May Shorten Treatment Time for Patients

Feb. 11, 2019 — A new experimental antibiotic for tuberculosis has been shown to be more effective against TB than isoniazid, a decades-old drug which is currently one of the standard treatments. In mouse studies, ... read more

Dengue Virus Infection May Cause Severe Outcomes Following Zika Virus Infection During Pregnancy

Feb. 8, 2019 — Prior Dengue virus infection may cause severe outcomes following Zika virus infection during pregnancy, a new study shows. The research points to a possible mechanism for the enhancement of Zika ... read more

Feb. 8, 2019 — Under the influence of the drug fluconazole, the fungus Candida albicans can change its mode of reproduction and thus become even more resistant, scientists ... read more

Feb. 8, 2019 — A team has discovered two genes that make some strains of harmful Staphyloccocus bacteria resistant to treatment by copper, a potent and frequently used antibacterial agent. The discovery shows that ... read more

New Technique Pinpoints Milestones in the Evolution of Bacteria

Feb. 7, 2019 — Scientists have devised a reliable way to determine when certain groups of bacteria appeared in the evolutionary record. The technique could be used to identify when significant changes occurred in ... read more

Why Asian Horses Don't Get Sick With the Flu

Feb. 7, 2019 — Avian influenza viruses infect horses in Mongolia but do not cause large outbreaks of disease because they failed to acquire key genetic changes to enable greater cross-species transmissibility, ... read more

Engineered DNA Vaccine Protects Against Emerging Mayaro Virus Infection

Feb. 7, 2019 — A novel, synthetic DNA vaccine induces protective immunity against Mayaro virus (MAYV), a mosquito-borne infection endemic to South America, that has the potential to become a global emerging viral ... read more

Viral Communications Hacking Boosts Leishmania Infections

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines ... read more

How Microbes Produce Key Compound Used to Fight Cancer

Feb. 6, 2019 — Researchers have untangled how bacteria found in soil are able to manufacture streptozotocin, showing for the first time that the compound is produced through an enzymatic pathway and revealing the ... read more

Why Your Kid's Strep Throat Keeps Coming Back

Feb. 6, 2019 — Each year, some 600 million people around the world come down with strep throat. Yet, it was unclear why some kids are prone to repeated bouts of strep throat while others appear to be more or less ... read more

A Billion Years of Coexistence Between Plants and Fungi

Feb. 6, 2019 — What can a billion years of coexistence tell us about the evolution of plants and ... read more

Antibiotic Development Increased, but Insufficient

Feb. 6, 2019 — While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take a significant downturn ... read more

New Anti-CRISPR Proteins Discovered in Soil and Human Gut

Feb. 5, 2019 — Scientists have found four new anti-CRISPR proteins that are distributed across different environments. The new study suggests that some anti-CRISPR proteins are more widespread in nature than ... read more

Better Assessing Bacteria Sensitivity to Antibiotics Could Change How Drugs Are Prescribed

Feb. 5, 2019 — We rely on antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, but the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria forces doctors and patients to contend with shifting treatment plans. Furthermore, current ... read more

Catching Flies With Vinegar

Feb. 5, 2019 — Taste is so familiar a sensation that you might think scientists had long ago sorted out how the sense works. Yet such research is far from ... read more

Feb. 5, 2019 — Streptomyces are soil-dwelling bacteria that produce approximately two-thirds of the antibiotics in current clinical ... read more

Novel Enzyme Discovered in Intestinal Bacteria

Feb. 5, 2019 — Researchers have discovered a key enzyme for formation of harmful hydrogen sulfide in the human gut by Bilophila ... read more

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