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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers at Sydney and Exeter Universities have, for the first time, recreated and analysed the complex interplay between bacterial investment strategies and their outcomes.
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.”
University of Adelaide research has produced a potential new antibiotic which could help in the battle against bacterial resistance to antibiotics.