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Fighting food pathogens with the help of a soil bacterium

Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) is a notorious foodborne pathogen, typically associated with consumption of undercooked red meat. The infamous "burger bug", most commonly caused by a subspecies called "O157:H7" is responsible for causing a severe form of food poisoning, which can reach beyond the gut... click to read more

  • Rebecca McHugh | PhD student at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom and University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Views 1602
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 16, 2019
Insect microbiomes – a new hope against antimicrobial resistance?

Nowadays, more and more antibiotics (also referred to as antimicrobial drugs) are becoming ineffective to fight against bad bacteria and fungi because these organisms are capable of rapidly developing resistance to those compounds. These resistances arise due to the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. In... click to read more

  • Fabio Palmieri | PhD student at University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Views 514
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 2, 2019
Lighting a candle in the dark

More than two billion years ago, a group of microorganisms called cyanobacteria invented oxygenic photosynthesis, the process that turns light, carbon dioxide, and water into chemical energy and oxygen. Cyanobacteria are the plants of the microbial world - in fact, plants can perform photosynthesis because... click to read more

Views 536
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 24, 2019
The gut microflora helps the effects of dieting

The human body lives in a relationship with trillion of microorganisms, mostly bacteria, that populate every surface of the body. Indeed, according to some estimations, only 50% of the cells that compose our body are human. This interaction is usually beneficial for both parts, as... click to read more

  • Salvatore Fabbiano | Postdoctoral Research fellow at Département de physiologie cellulaire et métabolisme, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 816
Reading time 3 min
published on May 8, 2019
Sleeping bacteria survive antibiotic treatment and hijack the host immune system

Since the 1940s, it has become easier to treat bacterial infections due to the discovery of antibiotics. These drugs work by corrupting active processes in bacteria, such as the ability to make DNA or proteins. By taking antibiotics when we are infected, we kill most... click to read more

  • Daphne Stapels | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Peter Hill | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London, London, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 6, 2019