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Australia rises to the challenge of creating synthetic yeast

29 May, 2014 by Lauren Davis

Australia has joined the Yeast 2.0 project, an international effort to create the world's first ever synthetic complex organism: a particular strain of yeast.

Whooping cough bacterium is evolving

23 April, 2014

Research led by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has found that the bacterium that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has changed - most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease.

E. coli strain close to complete resistance

02 April, 2014

An international study, led by The University of Queensland (UQ), has been tracking a multidrug-resistant E. coli strain that is only one gene away from being resistant to almost all antibiotics.

A vaccine for middle ear infections

27 March, 2014

A team of international researchers has moved a step closer to developing a vaccine to protect against middle ear infection, which could also be used for those with poor lung function.

'Microbial Pompeii' found on 1000-year-old teeth

26 February, 2014

Plaque on the teeth of 1000-year-old skeletons has preserved bacteria and microscopic particles of food, effectively creating a mineral tomb for microbiomes that has been unearthed by an international team of researchers.

Garlic neutralises resistant bacteria

24 February, 2014

A researcher at the University of Copenhagen has written his PhD thesis on the positive properties of garlic, with particular emphasis on its effect against bacteria.

New drug 'cures' bacteria of antibiotic resistance

19 February, 2014

A chemist based at the University of Copenhagen has taken out a patent for a drug that can make previously multidrug-resistant bacteria responsive to antibiotics.

Understanding antibiotic-tolerant bacterial cells

14 January, 2014

Researchers from the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection at Imperial College London have made an advance in understanding how a subset of bacterial cells escape being killed by many antibiotics.

3.5 billion-year-old bacterial ecosystem found in WA

18 November, 2013 by Lauren Davis

A team of researchers has discovered the well-preserved remnants of a complex microbial ecosystem in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old sedimentary rock sequence in Western Australia.

Zinc blocks protein transporter in lethal bacteria

13 November, 2013

Researchers at the Universities of Adelaide and Queensland have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.

Australian/Israeli collaboration on drug resistance

04 October, 2013

Microbiologists from Flinders University in Adelaide and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel are teaming up to study how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

Antarctica's promiscuous microbes

02 October, 2013 by Lauren Davis

Deep Lake, located 5 km from Davis Station in Antarctica, is 3500 years old, 36 m deep and so salty that it remains in liquid form down to a temperature of -20°C. Researchers have now uncovered the secrets of the lake's dominant inhabitants - extremophile microbes from the haloarchaea group.

Bacteria invest in evolutionary success

02 August, 2013

Researchers at Sydney and Exeter Universities have, for the first time, recreated and analysed the complex interplay between bacterial investment strategies and their outcomes.

Why do antibiotics have side effects?

05 July, 2013

Over the years, doctors have prescribed antibiotics freely, thinking that they harm bacteria while leaving human tissue unscathed. But as scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have noted, “Prolonged antibiotic treatment can lead to detrimental side effects in patients, including ototoxicity, nephrotoxicity and tendinopathy.”

Novel chemistry for new class of antibiotic

05 July, 2013

University of Adelaide research has produced a potential new antibiotic which could help in the battle against bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

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