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The antibacterial life of abandoned mines

The rapid worldwide rise in bacterial resistance to existing commercial antibiotics is a looming health crisis. Indeed, by the middle of the century, some predictions suggest that more people will die from bacterial infections than from cancer. There is a clear demand for new and... click to read more

  • Gerusa Senhorinho | Senior Research Scientist at ONGEN group, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
  • John Ashley Scott | Professor at ONGEN group, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Views 345
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 9, 2019
Fighting food pathogens with the help of a soil bacterium

Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) is a notorious foodborne pathogen, typically associated with consumption of undercooked red meat. The infamous "burger bug", most commonly caused by a subspecies called "O157:H7" is responsible for causing a severe form of food poisoning, which can reach beyond the gut... click to read more

  • Rebecca McHugh | PhD student at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom and University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Views 1751
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 16, 2019
Insect microbiomes – a new hope against antimicrobial resistance?

Nowadays, more and more antibiotics (also referred to as antimicrobial drugs) are becoming ineffective to fight against bad bacteria and fungi because these organisms are capable of rapidly developing resistance to those compounds. These resistances arise due to the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. In... click to read more

  • Fabio Palmieri | PhD student at University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Views 700
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 2, 2019
Lighting a candle in the dark

More than two billion years ago, a group of microorganisms called cyanobacteria invented oxygenic photosynthesis, the process that turns light, carbon dioxide, and water into chemical energy and oxygen. Cyanobacteria are the plants of the microbial world - in fact, plants can perform photosynthesis because... click to read more

Views 683
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 24, 2019
The gut microflora helps the effects of dieting

The human body lives in a relationship with trillion of microorganisms, mostly bacteria, that populate every surface of the body. Indeed, according to some estimations, only 50% of the cells that compose our body are human. This interaction is usually beneficial for both parts, as... click to read more

  • Salvatore Fabbiano | Postdoctoral Research fellow at Département de physiologie cellulaire et métabolisme, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 962
Reading time 3 min
published on May 8, 2019