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Research note: Lyme bacteria mark out cell division locations for their progeny

By Bill Hathaway Among bacteria, the spirochetes are characterized by their spiral shape and remarkable length — as much 50 times longer than ...

How Bacteria Invade: New study sheds light on age-old mystery

Toronto, ON –  They’re small, unassuming – and potentially deadly. And while most bacteria are rendered harmless by the body’s defense mechanisms, ...

Simluated patient study sheds new light on antibiotic use in India

As a result of the overuse or misuse of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistant superbugs represent an extraordinary threat to global health. This threat is particularly great in India, the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics and the country facing the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world. ... Full story

UCLA faculty voice: What the UN must do to wipe out cholera in Haiti

10,000 people have already died from the disease and delaying action jeopardizes thousands more ... Full story

Genome mapped in battle to beat superbugs

A Queensland scientist has completed the world’s first gene decoding of a superbug bacteria resistant to all commercially-available antibiotics. ... Full story

Lab-on-a-Stick: miniaturised clinical testing for fast detection of antibiotic resistance

A portable power-free test for the rapid detection of bacterial resistance to antibiotics has been developed by academics at Loughborough University and the University of Reading. ... Full story

Millions deprived of life saving antifungal medicines, report finds

The world is in the grip of a global crisis that kills the equivalent of the populations of Philadelphia, Kampala or Prague - around 1.6 million each year. ... Full story

New model sheds light on secondary bacterial pneumonia

Research could pave way to prevent secondary infections in people with influenza A virus ... Full story

Malaria and toxoplasmosis have an Achilles heel from plants

To survive, the parasites responsible for malaria and toxoplasmosis depend on mechanisms inherited from the plant world. This is what a team of researchers from CNRS1 (Institute for Advanced Biosciences, CNRS/INSERM/Université Grenoble Alpes) and the University of Melbourne2 has shown. They have just published two studies in Cell Microbiology and PLOS Pathogens. This discovery is a major advance for the development of new therapeutic targets for these parasites, which have such substantial public health consequences. ... Full story

New insights into a billion-person problem: Ascaris roundworm infection

Scientists working out of Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, and Queen Mary University of London have unearthed a potential new preventative option to combat Ascaris roundworm infection. Ascaris lumbricoides is an intestinal parasite that results in severe health consequences, including growth retardation and impaired cognitive development. The infection, which affects an estimated one billion people worldwide, is particularly common in Third World countries and is estimated to be responsible for 60,000 deaths per annum. ... Full story

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