Latest Bacillus anthracis Stories
Vaccination with the anthrax capsule—a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease—protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection.
An automatic and portable detector that takes just fifteen minutes to analyze a sample suspected of contamination with anthrax is being developed by US researchers.
It may not be as catchy a combination as "Miss Scarlet in the parlor with a revolver," but "polyester-rayon wipes in the field followed by saline-surfactant extraction and vortexing" is the most efficient solution to an important biological game of "Clue" deduced by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As reported in a recent paper*, the NIST team studied different methods for collecting, extracting and quantifying microbial spores from indoor surfaces to...
GRONINGEN, The Netherlands, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IQ Therapeutics has completed the dosing of antibody IQNLF in a Phase I clinical trial.
GRONINGEN, The Netherlands, February 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the dosing of the first volunteers, Dutch pharmaceutical IQ Therapeutics announced today the initiation of a Phase I clinical trial for IQ-DAA (a combination of two monoclonal human antibodies), a medicine directed against anthrax. IQ-DAA has been developed by IQ Therapeutics for the treatment of inhalation anthrax.
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PharmAthene, Inc.
Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have determined a key mechanism by which Bacillus anthracis bacteria initiate anthrax infection despite being greatly outnumbered by immune system scavenger cells.
An antibacterial enzyme found in human tears and other body fluids could be applied to certain foods for protection against intentional contamination with anthrax.
Bacillus anthracis is a Gram-positive spore-forming, rod-shaped bacterium, with a width of 1-1.2Âµm and a length of 3-5Âµm. It can grow in aerobic or anaerobic conditions. It is the only known bacterium to synthesize a protein capsule and the only pathogenic bacterium to carry its own adenylyl cyclase virulence factor. They form oval spores located centrally in a non-swollen sporangium. These spores are highly resilient and can survive extreme temperatures, low-nutrient environments, and...
- A volcanic mudflow.