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Long-dead dinosaurs support new life

Modern scientific equipment has revolutionized the study of hidden life. Advances in genetic sequencing allow us to discover mysterious worlds of diverse microbes in Earth's harshest environments or within our bodies. Life also hides from us through time. Studying long-extinct creatures can be challenging. We must... click to read more

  • Evan T. Saitta | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 20, 2019
Reinventing a bacterial biopesticide: an old microbe with a fresh new look

In the 1980s it was discovered that some relatives of the bacterium Burkholderia cepacia (formerly Pseudomonas cepacia) were able to form close relationships with plant roots, and also make a range of antimicrobials capable of killing plant pathogens. Several US pesticide companies exploited this bacterium... click to read more

  • Alex J. Mullins | PhD student at Microbiomes, Microbes and Informatics Group, Organisms and Environment Division, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Views 507
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 24, 2019
When gut bacteria spoil drug treatment

Therapeutic drugs are an important pillar of modern health care and often crucial for the treatment of patients. Besides their desired effects to cure diseases, drugs can also cause unwanted side effects, which often occur only in some patients. The causes of these side effects... click to read more

  • Michael Zimmermann | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Structural and Computational Biology Research Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Maria Zimmermann-Kogadeeva | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Structural and Computational Biology Research Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Andrew L. Goodman | Professor at Microbial Sciences Institute and Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine, Yale University, USA
Views 443
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 18, 2019
The antibacterial life of abandoned mines

The rapid worldwide rise in bacterial resistance to existing commercial antibiotics is a looming health crisis. Indeed, by the middle of the century, some predictions suggest that more people will die from bacterial infections than from cancer. There is a clear demand for new and... click to read more

  • Gerusa Senhorinho | Senior Research Scientist at ONGEN group, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
  • John Ashley Scott | Professor at ONGEN group, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Views 616
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 9, 2019
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
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Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 16, 2019