Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed microscopic robots, called microrobots, that can swim around in the lungs, deliver medication and be used to clear up life-threatening cases of bacterial pneumonia.
Scientists at the UT Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center and the University of London have determined the structure of Type IV secretion system (T4SS), a protein complex which is a key player in antibiotic resistance. A computational biologist at UTSW makes use of machine learning to discover the 3D structure of T4SS.
Researchers from the University of Bern and the University of Queensland in Australia have revealed that chemical compounds containing special metals are highly effective in fighting dangerous fungal infections. This study can be used as a base to develop innovative drugs to treat these infections.
Healthy adults who eat a diverse diet with at least 8-10 grams of soluble fiber a day have fewer antibiotic-resistant microbes in their guts, according to a study published by Agricultural Research Service scientists and their colleagues in mBio.
Despite this significant role, research into the diversity of microorganisms found in the ocean has thus far been only rudimentary. This also includes the chemical compounds they produce. Could such compounds benefit humans as well?
The sharpest images ever of living bacteria have been recorded by UCL researchers, revealing the complex architecture of the protective layer that surrounds many bacteria and makes them harder to be killed by antibiotics. The study reveals that bacteria with protective outer layers — called Gram-negative bacteria — may have stronger and weaker spots on their surface.
Labs are always looking for possibilities to increase their productivity and accuracy of their processes. This applies in particular to minimum inhibitory concentrations testing applied in the development of antibiotics. Automated pipetting solutions can help minimize serial dilution errors and increase confidence in the results.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are occurring more widespread then ever before. They can turn a simple infection into a life-threatening situation. Naturally occurring viruses could offer help in the fight against these dangerous types of bacteria.