Latest Bacillus anthracis Stories
By Randolphe Schmid Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Seven years ago, Americans learned to fear anthrax as a white powder in the mail that claimed lives, forced the post office to change the way it handles letters and sparked contamination scares across the country.
A cup of black tea could be the next line of defense in the threat of bio-terrorism according to new international research.
A research team from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories has discovered that common anthrax sampling methods need improvement. The research shows that more deadly spores remain after decontamination than previously believed.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A human monoclonal antibody against the agent that causes anthrax (Bacillus anthracis protective antigen), which has shown action against inhaled anthrax in animals, appears to be safe and well tolerated in humans as well, researchers report.
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...
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