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DNA-Delivered Antibodies Fight Off Lethal Bacterial Infection
Catherine Offord | Oct 3, 2017
Mice receiving the treatment produced their own monoclonal antibodies and survived infection with the life-threatening pathogen
Ashley P. Taylor | May 1, 2016
A naturally occurring clay, used in traditional Native American medicine, shows promise as an antibiotic.
Catherine Offord, Kerry Grens | May 1, 2016
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Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | May 1, 2016
Coating hospital surfaces, surgical equipment, patient implants, and water-delivery systems with nanoscale patterns and particles could curb the rise of hospital-acquired infections.
Staff | Apr 30, 2016
This research found that coating hospital surfaces with copper helped battle microbes and the infections they spread.
Nanotechnology Could Conquer Hospital-Acquired Infections
Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | Apr 30, 2016
Metal ions and materials with nanoscale patterns can kill even antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
Virus-Mimicking Drug Boosts Resistance to Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Catherine Offord | Feb 24, 2016
Researchers identify a molecule that protects antibiotic-treated mice from an opportunistic bacterial infection.
Disclosure of Problematic Scopes Delayed: Report
Kerry Grens | Jan 14, 2016
The US Senate has found hospitals, a device maker, and federal regulators dragged their feet on reporting contaminated endoscopes.
Microbiome Teams Up Against
Jef Akst | Jul 14, 2015
Researchers build a mathematical model that can predict whether a mouse will be infected by
based on the microbes found in its GI tract.
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 1, 2015
Stuart Levy has spent a lifetime studying mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and crusading to abolish the use of antibiotics in animal feed.
Jef Akst | May 8, 2015
New research suggests Ebola can survive on surfaces for days and can be transmitted via semen.
New Antibiotic from Soil Bacteria
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 7, 2015
Researchers have isolated a new kind of antibiotic from a previously unknown and uncultured bacterial genus.
Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity
Molly Sharlach | Sep 23, 2014
Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.
Shark Skin-Like Surface Fights MRSA
Jef Akst | Sep 17, 2014
Surfaces covered in a micropattern mimicking the ridges of shark skin could reduce the spread of drug-resistant
and other superbugs in hospitals.
Next Generation: Biofilm-Busting Catheter
Daniel Cossins | Mar 28, 2014
New urinary catheter design facilitates the elimination of bacterial biofilms that can cause blockages and increase the risk of urinary tract infections.
Bacteria by Design
Jef Akst | Jan 30, 2014
A survey of bacteria in a University of Oregon building reveals that architecture influences the indoor microbiome.
Superbug Sickens Dozens in Illinois
Bob Grant | Jan 9, 2014
A single hospital was at the epicenter of an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873
Kate Yandell | Oct 1, 2013
A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that
causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.
WHO To Convene MERS Virus Panel
Chris Palmer | Jul 7, 2013
An expert committee will decide whether to escalate efforts to combat the novel coronavirus that is spreading throughout the Middle East.
Cleansing the Clinic
Beth Marie Mole | Jan 1, 2013
Scientists set up a stakeout to track the movements of microbes around a new hospital.