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Learning About Bacterial Biofilms

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:49:40 +0000

Unlike bacterial biofilms can be visible to the naked eye. As with many instances of bacteria they are often harmless to us but when the bacteria are dangerous the biofilm offers them protection (which is why they form such structures). … Continue reading

The Challenge of Protecting Us from Evolving Bacterial Threats

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:27:07 +0000

I have long been concerned about the practices we continue to use increasing the risks of “superbugs.” I have written about this many times, including: The Overuse of Antibiotics Carries Large Long Term Risks (2005) – Are you ready for … Continue reading

Webcasts on the Human Microbiome

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 22:05:32 +0000

The human microbiome is a very interesting aspect of our health and biology. The 99% figure they quote is mainly silly. It might be technically accurate, but it is much more misleading than accurate (if it is accurate). We have … Continue reading

Fighting Superbugs with Superhero Bugs

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:10:41 +0000

As concerns over deadly antibiotic-resistant strains of ‘superbug’ bacteria grow, scientists at the Salk Institute are offering a possible solution to the problem: ‘superhero’ bacteria that live in the gut and move to other parts of the body to alleviate … Continue reading

Lots of Bacteria are Always Living in Our Bodies

Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:45:49 +0000

My response to a question on Reddit – Ask Science: Let’s say you get infected with a bacterium that causes annoying, but totally non-dangerous symptoms. If you just try to “live with it,” will your immune system eventually kill it, … Continue reading

Lactic Acid Bacteria in Bees Counteracted Antibiotic-Resistant MRSA in Lab Experiments

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:12:45 +0000

13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of bees have shown promising results as an antibiotic treatment in a series of studies at Lund University in Sweden (Open access paper: Lactic acid bacterial symbionts in honeybees – an … Continue reading

80% of the Antibiotics in the USA are Used in Agriculture and Aquaculture

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:05:47 +0000

Citing an overabundance in the use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries that poses a threat to public health, economics professor Aidan Hollis has proposed a solution in the form of user fees on the non-human use of … Continue reading

Search for Antibiotic Solutions Continues: Killing Sleeper Bacteria Cells

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:55:30 +0000

Killing Sleeper Cells and Superbugs with Assassin Janitors Discovered in 2005 by scientists from Bayer Healthcare in Germany, ADEP4 killed a variety of different bacteria and cured lethal infections in mice and rats. Here’s how it works. Proteins need to … Continue reading