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A researcher holds a petri dish under a microscope.

A Better View With New Mid-Infrared Nanoscopy

A team has constructed an improved mid-infrared microscope, enabling them to see the structures inside living bacteria at the nanometer scale.
Umbrella-shaped antibacterial toxin particles drifting toward and engaging a bacterial target cell.

Soil Bacteria Produce Unique Antimicrobial Particles

Researchers have discovered toxic protein particles, shaped like umbrellas, that soil bacteria known as Streptomyces secrete to squelch competitors, especially others of their own species.
Biocrusts in the Negev Desert during the dry season.

How Do Soil Microbes Survive in the Harsh Desert Climate?

Prolonged droughts followed by sudden bursts of rainfall – how do desert soil bacteria manage to survive such harsh conditions? This long-debated question has now been answered by an ERC project.
Two pigs looking over a wooden fence.

Copper Beads in Pig Feed Show Potential for Gut Health Benefits

Since pigs can tolerate high levels of the metal, researchers at Texas Tech University in Amarillo recently investigated whether copper might be used to promote pig gut health and reduce the shedding of microbes to the environment.
A baby in a hospital bed.

Researchers Identify the Bacteria Responsible for Meningitis in Babies

A milestone study has identified that 50% of neonatal meningitis infections are caused by two types of E. coli, and has also revealed why some infections recur after treatment.
A 3D rendering of a virus particle with spike proteins.

Novel Sensor Enables the Real-Time Detection of Infectious Disease Viruses

A new sensor detects the molecular fingerprints of viruses, enabling the rapid detection of infectious disease viruses.
Bacteria bloom on a petri dish.

Deadly Bacteria Seek Out and Feed On Human Blood

"Bacterial vampirism" is a newly-discovered phenomenon where deadly bacteria seek out and feed on human blood.
A researcher holding a petri dish containing salmonella bacteria.

Deadly Bacteria Are Drawn to Human Blood

A team have found the bacteria are attracted to the liquid part of blood, or serum, which contains nutrients the bacteria can use as food. One of the chemicals the bacteria seemed particularly drawn to was serine, an amino acid found in human blood.
A scientist holding up a vial.

Cryptic Plasmid Offers Insights Into Gut Health

Study shows that a mysterious plasmid that is highly prevalent in the human gastrointestinal tract could be used to identify faecal contamination and offer insights into the severity of intestinal diseases.
A graphic of an arcade-style videogame.

Millions of Gamers Help Advance Microbiome Research

4.5 million gamers around the world have advanced medical science by helping to reconstruct microbial evolutionary histories using a minigame included inside a commercially successful video game.