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Bacterial Biofilms Used To Create Lifelike Materials
2014-03-24 04:29:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By drawing inspiration from the way in which minerals, living cells and other substances combine to form bone, a team of MIT engineers have created a type of “living material” out of bacterial cells, according to research appearing in Sunday’s edition of the journal Nature Materials. Lead author Allen Chen, an MIT-Harvard MD-PhD student, and his colleagues coaxed those cells to produce biofilms capable of incorporating...

2014-03-18 08:32:26

Telephus Advances TPH 101 Program Towards Candidate Selection SAN DIEGO, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BioAtla, a global biotechnology company focused on the development of differentiated biological therapeutics, and Telephus Medical LLC, a leader in the development of vaccine products to prevent periprosthetic joint infections and accompanying osteomyelitis in orthopedic procedures, today announced that BioAtla has successfully completed a key protein engineering phase of Telephus'...

Honey Is The Sweet Solution To Antibiotic Resistance
2014-03-17 05:15:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The serious and rapidly growing problem of resistance to antibiotics could have a very sweet solution, according to research presented during the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) at the Dallas Convention Center on Sunday. According to Dr. Susan M. Meschwitz, an assistant chemistry professor at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and her colleagues, honey – which is sometimes used by medical...

Researchers used brown and black chicken feathers for their study
2014-03-06 07:01:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been proposed by paleontologists who study fossilized feathers that the shapes of certain microscopic structures found inside the feathers might tell us the color of the ancient birds. If these structures are melanosomes, that could be true. A new study, led by North Carolina State University, however, demonstrates that it is not yet possible to tell if the structures are melanosomes, or remnants of ancient bacteria. Found...

2014-02-20 23:03:13

Slime-like substance on skin’s surface to blame for itchy skin condition. Philadelphia (PRWEB) February 20, 2014 An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from eczema – the term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis (AD). Now, researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine have shown for the first time what actually causes the itchy skin condition. As reported in the...

Garlic Substance Can Help Give Antibiotics A Boost When Fighting Resistant Bacteria
2014-02-19 03:57:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A substance found in garlic can help combat even the most aggressive and treatment-resistant strains of bacteria, a doctoral candidate from the University of Copenhagen has discovered as part of a PhD thesis on the beneficial properties of the odoriferous plant and commonly-used culinary ingredient. The discovery, which was made by Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences student Tim Holm Jakobsen, comes as aggressive...

New Insights Into How Biofilms Form Provided By CMOS Technology
2014-02-11 11:52:58

[ Watch the Video: Chips that Listen to Bacteria ] Holly Evarts - Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science In a study published today in Nature Communications, a research team led by Ken Shepard, professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, and Lars Dietrich, assistant professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, has demonstrated that integrated circuit technology, the basis of modern computers and...

Infectious Pathogens Higher In Water From Hospital Water Taps With Aerators
2014-01-22 07:30:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by the University of Genova, Italy, finds that infectious pathogen levels are higher in water obtained from hospital water taps with aerators than water from deeper in the plumbing system. Patients who are immunocompromised are at a higher risk of infection from such contaminated water. "Aerators are a reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria and a source of infection for patients at risk," said Maria Luisa Cristina,...

Bacterial 'Syringe' Necessary For Development Of Marine Animals
2014-01-15 08:43:59

California Institute of Technology If you've ever slipped on a slimy wet rock at the beach, you have bacteria to thank. Those bacteria, nestled in a supportive extracellular matrix, form bacterial biofilms—often slimy substances that cling to wet surfaces. For some marine organisms—like corals, sea urchins, and tubeworms—these biofilms serve a vital purpose, flagging suitable homes for such organisms and actually aiding the transformation of larvae to adults. A new study at the...

Marine Tubeworms Need A Push To Transition From Larvae State
2014-01-10 10:03:52

University of Hawaii at Manoa Intriguing bacterium-animal interaction may have implications for boat owners and the mariculture industry, UH Manoa researchers say A common problem at Pearl Harbor, biofouling affects harbors around the world. It's the process by which barnacles, muscles, oysters, and tubeworms accumulate on the bottom of boats and other surfaces. Now researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Kewalo Marine Laboratory have discovered a biological trigger behind...


Latest Biofilm Reference Libraries

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2011-04-25 21:18:54

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium that can cause disease in animals and humans. It can be found in soil, water, skin flora, and most man-made environments throughout the world. It thrives in normal or hypoxic atmospheres; due to this it has colonized many natural and artificial environments. It can infect animals with damaged tissue or people with reduced immunity. Symptoms are generalized inflammation and sepsis. It can be fatal if colonization occurs in critical body organs,...

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