Microbiology

Over 7 Million Bacterial Genes In The Pig Gut

Pigs are a main livestock species for food production worldwide and is also widely used as an animal model in biomedical research. Today we know that the many types of bacteria that inhabit the gut are important for health and disease. Knowledge of the ge ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 7 2016 - 9:36am

Avocado Extract Can Prevent Listeria In Food

Thanks to savvy marketing by food corporations who are looking for health halos to put over their food, consumer demand for food products formulated without synthetic additives has increased. There is a big drawback, demonstrated by Chipotle and others who ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 22 2016 - 7:01am

Paper Hopes To Link Diet, Gut Microbiome And Colorectal Cancer

A new paper links specific types of intestinal bacteria in the development of colorectal cancer- in animal models, at least. Finding it in humans is another matter. But if such a link is ever found, and currently these findings are only exploited by people ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 12 2016 - 1:58pm

Cheap Way To Kill Off Gonorrhea- Mouthwash

A paper in Sexually Transmitted Infections details a cheap way to kill off gonorrhea in the mouth- alcohol-containing mouthwash.  Gonorrhea is caused by bacteria and  curb the growth of the bacteria responsible.  Gonorrhea of the mouth has become more comm ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 20 2016 - 9:55am

How Viruses Leave Messages For Descendants On How To 'Infect'

Many viruses face a choice after they have infected their hosts: to replicate quickly, killing the cell in the process, or to become dormant and lie in wait. HIV, herpes, and a number of other human viruses behave this way and, in fact, even the viruses th ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 18 2017 - 4:08pm

Broccoli Science: Natural Fatty Acids Follow The Golden Ratio

The number of theoretically possible fatty acids with the same chain length but different structures can be determined with the aid of the famous Fibonacci sequence. The ability to calculate the number of possible fatty acids is of great importance for the ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 27 2017 - 1:19pm

The Machiavellian Side Of Cholera

Recently, two armies were pitted against each other, with harpoon-like appendages covered in poison. They went two war, stabbing each other and rupturing victims like water balloons. It was all mathematically predictable, at least over time. In a one-off s ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 6 2017 - 7:51am

Zika Linked To Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue In Babies

Zika virus can cross the placenta, intended to protect the developing fetus, and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and to babies born with thin brain tissue and inflammation in brain cells, at least in mice. Mice are not little people, o ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 21 2017 - 8:34am

Citrus Greening Disease's Gut-Wrenching Effect On Insect Vector

The bacterium that causes citrus greening disease, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), is not only decimating citrus orchards, it also does a number in the guts of the insect that transmits it. Citrus greening disease, also called Huanglongbing, has ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 27 2017 - 9:45am

Ancient Human Retrovirus Could Help Fight HIV

We're in a lifelong struggle against nature every single day, the ultimate arms race. Viruses have continually infected humans just as they do today. Some early viruses even became integrated into our genome and are now known as human endogenous retro ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 28 2017 - 6:00am