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July 5, 2023

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Pathogenic Bacteria Use a Sugar in the Intestinal Mucus Layer to Infect the Gut, Study Shows

A new study shows the sugar sialic acid, which makes up part of the protective intestinal mucus layer, fuels disease-causing bacteria in the gut. The findings suggest a potential treatment target for intestinal bacterial infections and a range of ...

Sheep and Cattle-Killing Disease Carriers Never Take a Break

Bluetongue virus, an incurable cattle and sheep-killing disease, is spread by tiny flies once thought to disappear in winter. New research demonstrates that though they are harder to find when it's cold, they remain ...

提高免疫力的治疗帮助蜜蜂抵抗Deadly Viruses

Scientists have successfully tested a novel way of boosting honey bees' immune systems to help them fend off deadly viruses, which have contributed to the major losses of the critical pollinator ...

Scientists Designed New Enzyme Using Antarctic Bacteria and Computer Calculations

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in predicting how to change the optimum temperature of an enzyme using large computer calculations. A cold-adapted enzyme from an Antarctic bacterium was used as a ...

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All the Immunity, None of the Symptoms

Scientists found pairing specific diets with diarrheal disease-causing bacteria can create lasting immunity in mice without a need to ever experience symptoms. The findings pave the way for vaccine ...

Drug Decelerates Bacterial Race to Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers report that, in laboratory cultures and animal models, a drug significantly reduces the ability of bacteria to develop antibiotic resistance, which might prolong antibiotic ...

'We're All Asgardians': New Clues About the Origin of Complex Life

According to a new study, eukaryotes -- complex life forms with nuclei in their cells, including all the world's plants, animals, insects and fungi -- trace their roots to a common Asgard ...

Are Viruses Keeping Sea Lice at Bay in Wild Salmon?

More than 30 previously unknown RNA viruses in sea lice have been identified. Sea lice are parasitic copepods (small crustaceans) found in many fresh and saltwater habitats, and have been implicated ...

Studying Herpes Encephalitis With Mini-Brains

The herpes simplex virus-1 can sometimes cause a dangerous brain infection. Combining an anti-inflammatory and an antiviral could help in these cases, report ...

Drug-Resistant Fungi Are Thriving in Even the Most Remote Regions of Earth

New research has found that a disease-causing fungus -- collected from one of the most remote regions in the world -- is resistant to a common antifungal medicine used to treat ...

Scientists Discover Critical Factors That Determine the Survival of Airborne Viruses

Critical insights into why airborne viruses lose their infectivity have been uncovered. The findings reveal how cleaner air kills the virus significantly quicker and why opening a window may be more ...

New Insights on Bacteria That Causes Food Poisoning

A joint research group has clarified how pathogenic genes in some Providencia spp., which have gained attention as causative agents of food poisoning as well as enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. ...

How Fungus Farming Ants Keep Their Gardens Healthy

'Weed early and often' is the key to a productive garden. Interestingly, certain species of ants are also avid gardeners, a practice they've refined over 50 million years. They too ...

Genome Editing Used to Create Disease Resistant Rice

Researchers have used the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas to create disease resistant rice plants, according to a new study. Small-scale field trials in China show that the newly created rice variety ...

Technique Restores Healthy Bacterial Balance in C-Section Babies

Newborns delivered by cesarean section who are swabbed with the vaginal fluid of their mothers after birth have beneficial bacteria restored to their skin surface and stools, according to a new ...


The Life Below Our Feet: Team Discovers Microbes Thriving in Groundwater and Producing Oxygen in the Dark

A survey of groundwater samples drawn from aquifers beneath more than 80,000 square miles of Canadian prairie reveals ancient groundwaters harbor not only diverse and active microbial communities, ...

Altered Gut Bacteria May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease causes changes to the brain that begin two decades or more before symptoms appear. A study reveals that the bacteria that live in the gut also change before Alzheimer's ...

Researchers Find High Risk to Amphibians If Fungal Pathogen Invades North America

New research indicates the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) could be devastating to amphibian biodiversity if introduced to North ...

Scientists Discover Small RNA That Regulates Bacterial Infection

Researchers have identified the major mechanism behind the transition between chronic and acute P. aeruginosa infections. Their research findings can inform the development of future treatments for ...

CRISPR/Cas9-Based Gene Drive Could Suppress Agricultural Pests

Researchers have now used a gene-drive system to suppress an important agricultural ...

Vaccine Against Deadly Chytrid Fungus Primes Frog Microbiome for Future Exposure

A new study found that a new vaccine against the deadly chytrid fungus in frogs can shift the composition of the microbiome, making frogs more resilient to future exposure to the ...

Dentists Identify New Bacterial Species Involved in Tooth Decay

Large study in children reveals Selenomonas sputigena as a key partner of Streptococcus in cavity ...

Water Molecules Define the Materials Around Us

A new paper argues that materials like wood, bacteria, and fungi belong to a newly identified class of matter, 'hydration solids.' The new findings emerged from ongoing research into the ...

Remains of an Extinct World of Organisms Discovered

Newly discovered biomarker signatures point to a whole range of previously unknown organisms that dominated complex life on Earth about a billion years ago. They differed from complex eukaryotic life ...

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