Category Archives: Bacteria

It's good to talk

We all live in an information rich, highly interconnected world, and the success of evolution can be measured in terms of how living organisms make sense of and respond to information. Past posts on quorum sensing are some of the … Continue reading

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Badgers to be given anti-TB jabs

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Maggots or MRSA?

BBC News Larval therapy for leg ulcers (VenUS II): randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2009;338:b773 Objective: To compare the clinical effectiveness of larval therapy with a standard debridement technique (hydrogel) for sloughy or necrotic leg ulcers. Design: Pragmatic, three armed randomised … Continue reading

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A nice introduction to bacterial growth (video)

Related: LabWork: Bacterial growth Saturday Cinema: Logarithmic growth of bacteria

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Bacterial sensors of oxygen

Many bacteria are facultative anaerobes, that is, they can grow in the presence or absence of O2. In contrast to anaerobic respiration or fermentation, O2 and aerobic respiration confer enormous energetic benefits on facultative bacteria by allowing the complete oxidation … Continue reading

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When good bugs fight bad

Alternative methods to antimicrobial chemotherapy for combating infectious disease do exist. In this article in Microbiology Today, Roy Sleator describes the role of probiotics in keeping pathogens at bay: With life-cycles measured in minutes as opposed to years, bacteria have … Continue reading

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Human gut microbiota in obesity and after gastric bypass

Obesity is an enormous public health problem, arising as a consequence of alterations in eating behavior and how the body regulates energy intake, expenditure, and storage. Although an increased intake of energy-dense foods, especially when combined with reduced physical activity, … Continue reading

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Antibiotics and Streptomyces – the future of antibiotic discovery

There are many options still available for new antibiotics. While the search for new drugs seems to be declining, in this article in Microbiology Today, Flavia Marinelli takes a look at the need for new antimicrobials: Novel classes of antibiotics … Continue reading

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Bugs Against Biofilms

A recent paper in Trends in Microbiology examined the possibilities for using bacteriophages in controlling biofilms which might result in healthcare-associated infections (Preventing biofilms of clinically relevant organisms using bacteriophage. 2009 Trends in Microbiology 17: 66-72). Biofilms are firmly attached … Continue reading

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