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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in East and West London public settings

The discovery of antibiotics made many bacterial infections easily curable. However, today the world is facing a 'post-antibiotic era' crisis as bacteria are rapidly evolving new ways to resist antibiotics. Yearly, 700, 000 deaths are caused by bacterial infections that are untreatable with currently available... click to read more

  • Rory Cave | PhD student at University of East London, School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, Water Lane, London, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 21, 2020
Gut microbes transform the food and the drugs we ingest

Microbes in the human gut play essential roles in maintaining human health. Gut microbes carry out many of these roles using a large toolkit of enzymes that can metabolize and transform larger, complex compounds into smaller compounds. Microbial enzymes breakdown many compounds from the human... click to read more

  • Leah Guthrie | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, United States; Stanford University, Stanford, United States
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 30, 2020
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
Views 5967
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
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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
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 18, 2019