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Whole Genome Sequencing for Outbreak Detection of Salmonella enterica

Salmonella bacteria are a common cause of infectious disease in human and animals. Salmonella is classically divided into species S. bongori and S. enterica – which is in turn further divided into more than 2,500 different serotypes. 557 more words


Fecal microbiota transplantation recommended for treatment of C. difficile

(Spink Health 25 September 2014) The transplantation of fecal microbiota from a healthy donor has been shown in recent clinical studies to be a safe and highly effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection and is now recommended in European treatment guidelines.

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Researchers develop new DNA sequencing method to diagnose tuberculosis

(PeerJ 23 September 2014) Researchers working in the UK and The Gambia, have developed a new approach to the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) that relies on direct sequencing of DNA extracted from sputum — a technique called metagenomics — to detect and characterize the bacteria that cause TB without the need for time-consuming culture of bacteria in the laboratory. 7 more words


Anthrax could deliver the cancer drugs of the future

ScienceAlert Australia Fiona Macdonald 26 September 2014

Chemists have modified the anthrax bacteria and discovered that, when it’s not being deadly, it’s a ground-breakingly efficient drug carrier. 6 more words


Molecular biology explains Ebola, and how that movie misses the point

The Ebola epidemic ravaging Africa is rarely plumbed to its scientific depths as panic-driven governments, media outfits, and pedestrian populations are spoonfed assumptions. Also not helping is a sensationalized Dustin Hoffman-starrer that prefaced this current health debacle and demonstrated just how voiceless the scientific community could be where matters of life, death, and public health policy are concerned. 348 more words

Swine Flu, Drugs & the Environment

Congratulations! You’ve survived an influenza pandemic! Okay, that might be old news to you, but you might not appreciate how rare of an event they are. 2,340 more words


Novel antibiotic class created

BBC News Michael Eyre 24 September 2014

Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.
The unique approach could be used to genetically engineer bacteria in our bodies to become less dangerous. 36 more words