Antibiotics are drugs used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms.
Scientists have found evidence that a type of the antibiotic resistant superbug MRSA arose in nature long before the use of antibiotics in humans and livestock, which has traditionally been blamed for its emergence.
Every day, the billions of bacteria that inhabit your digestive system change; the food you eat, medications you take, and germs you're exposed to make some bacteria flourish more than others.
Antibiotic resistance is a race between bacteria that are becoming resistant and humans who aspire to discover new antibiotics that helps in treating infectious diseases.
A recent study carried out by the University of East Anglia and Quadram Institute shows how immune cells utilize the body’s fat stores to combat infection.
New research from the University of Chicago points to microglia, key immune cells in the brain, as a key mediator in the relationship between the gut microbiome and b-amyloid deposits in male mice in a model of Alzheimer's disease.
A team of biologists has identified that the pathogenic fungus Verticillium dahliae, responsible for wilt disease in many crops, secretes an 'effector' molecule to target the microbiome of plants to promote infection.
Researchers recently discovered a novel route to produce complex antibiotics taking advantage of gene editing to re-program pathways to future medicines.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is one of the most common bacterial infections worldwide, affecting more than 40 % of the population and is one of the causes of digestive symptoms, such as epigastric discomfort, heaviness or bloating of the stomach, or of other more serious diseases, such as the development of gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric lymphoma or gastric cancer.
Researchers anticipate that without intervention, the issue of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections could become catastrophic by 2050.
Antimicrobial compounds that soybean plants produce when threatened by insects, diseases and even drought may help animals stay healthy, thereby reducing the need for antibiotics.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Umeå University, and the University of Bonn have identified a new group of molecules that have an antibacterial effect against many antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
According to research by the University of the West of Scotland, antiviral drugs can be produced from earlier overlooked substances seen in marine plants.
We speak to Professor Bart Hoogenboom and Georgina Benn about current research using technology to create the sharpest images of living bacteria ever recorded.
Tiny particles of gold could be the new weapon in the fight against bacterial antibiotic resistance, according to research just published.
Soils are home to diverse microbial communities that cycle nutrients, support agriculture, and trap carbon – an important service for climate mitigation.
Researchers from EMBL Hamburg and the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) identified the molecular structure of a gut protein that aids the absorption of various drugs. This finding can help produce drugs that reach target tissues more effectively.
A forgotten antibiotic, temocillin, led to lower selection of resistant bacteria than the standard treatment for febrile urinary tract infection, in a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
UCL scientists have recorded the sharpest images ever of living bacteria.
Recent research at the University of Bath reveals that tangles in unwound DNA can develop mutational hotspots in the genomes of bacteria.
Scientists have developed the first “living medicine” to treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria thriving on medical implants’ surfaces.