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No microbes? No problem for caterpillars

The microbiome seems ubiquitous: humans and many other species rely on billions of tiny organisms in their guts to aid in digestion, metabolism and other functions. Now, scientists at the University ...

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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How a bacterium can live on methanol

ETH Zurich researchers have identified all the genes required by a bacterium to use methanol as a food source. The results will help scientists advance the use of this resource in the field ...

19 hours ago from Phys.org

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Once invincible superbug squashed by 'superteam' of antibiotics

The golden age of antibiotics may be drawing to a close. The recent discovery of E. coli carrying mcr-1 and ndm-5—genes that make the bacterium immune to last-resort antibiotics—has left clinicians ...

Mon 21 Aug 17 from Medical Xpress

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Sugars in some breast milk could help protect babies from group B strep

Group B strep (GBS) bacteria remain the leading cause of severe infections in newborns worldwide. Now researchers have found that although the pathogen can be transmitted to infants through ...

Mon 21 Aug 17 from Medical Xpress

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Researchers find an alternative mode of bacterial quorum sensing

Whether growing in a puddle of dirty water or inside the human body, large groups of bacteria must coordinate their behavior to perform essential tasks that they would not be able to carry out ...

Mon 21 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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Plants under heat stress must act surprisingly quickly to survive

In new results reported in The Plant Cell, molecular biologist Elizabeth Vierling at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues in India and China report finding a crucial mechanism ...

Mon 21 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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Chemicals from gut bacteria maintain vitality in aging animals

A class of chemicals made by intestinal bacteria, known as indoles, help worms, flies and mice maintain mobility and resilience for more of their lifespans, scientists have discovered.

Mon 21 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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No guts no glory: Harvesting the microbiome of athletes

Elite athletes work hard to excel in sports, but they may also get a natural edge from the bacteria that inhabit their digestive tracts. Scientists have now tapped into the microbiome of exceptional ...

Mon 21 Aug 17 from Medical Xpress

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Cold-tolerant yeast strains for cider and wine makers to improve product quality

The new cold-tolerant hybrid strains developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland enable fermentation at lower and higher temperatures than before. Production at lower temperature reduces ...

Mon 21 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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Stem cell technique could reverse a major type of infertility

Men with extra sex chromosomes can have difficulty producing fertile sperm. Now researchers have got around this in mice by making stem cells from their skin

Thu 17 Aug 17 from Newscientist

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