Tag Archives: Bacteria

Cyanobacteria evolved the first eyes

Cyanobacteria in the oceans are among the world’s most important oxygen producers and carbon dioxide consumers. Synechocystis is a spherical single-celled cyanobacterium that measures about three thousandths of a millimetre across. Because Synechocystis needs sunlight to produce energy, it is … Continue reading

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Sorry, it turns out you are human after all

It’s often said that the bacteria and other microbes in our body outnumber our own cells by about ten to one. But that’s a myth that should be forgotten according to a new paper – the ratio between resident microbes … Continue reading

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33 million healthy life years lost annually to foodborne diseases

The global burden of foodborne diseases caused by contaminated food in 2010 has been estimated as 33 million Disability Adjusted Life Years. Of these years lost, 40% were in children under 5 years old. This is according to new estimates … Continue reading

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The Global Burden of Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease that affects vulnerable populations such as rural subsistence farmers and urban slum dwellers. Although leptospirosis causes life-threatening clinical manifestations, such as pulmonary hemorrhage syndrome, and has a worldwide distribution, the key barrier to addressing … Continue reading

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Drug-resistant superbugs can be eliminated by faecal transplants

The gut is an important reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria responsible for life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. Continue reading

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Bio-Control of Salmonella in Foods Using Bacteriophages

I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to the idea that “phage therapy” is going to save us when the antibiotics fail. There have been enough clinical trails now to show that this cannot be true, at least … Continue reading

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A 1,000-Year-Old Remedy For MRSA

While the antibiotic potential of some materials used in historical medicine has been demonstrated, empirical tests of entire remedies are scarce. This is an important omission, because the efficacy of “ancientbiotics” could rely on the combined activity of their various … Continue reading

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Battling Phages: How Bacteria Defend Against Viral Attack

This short review highlights the spectrum of innate strategies used by bacteria to evade phage predation. Continue reading

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Evolution of bacterial transcription factors

Real life is not as tidy as Jacob and Monod’s 1960’s operon model. Continue reading

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