Microbiology

This section covers general topics and studies in Microbiology, which is the study of microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms. Microorganisms include diverse groups of bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, as well as the pathogenic particles, viruses. However, this section will concentrate more on bacteria. Articles about other microorganisms are found in other categories.

Microbiology Articles

Bacteria Play Role In Preventing Spread Of Malaria

14 Aug 2009

Rating: 4.11

Bacteria in the gut of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito inhibit infection of the insect with Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans

'Flu Vaccination' Protects Bacteria Against Virus

14 Aug 2009

Rating: 3.00

Bacteria – like people animals and plants – can become infected by a virus.

Targeting Specific Disease-causing Bacteria In The Mouth

14 Aug 2009

Rating: 4.00

Research to develop a narrow-spectrum antibiotic that can target a particular species of bacteria without harming the other "good" bacteria present was described

Cancer Agressiveness 'Triggered' By Bacteria

14 Aug 2009

Rating: 4.29

New research in lymphatic cancer shows that bacteria can cause cancer to be more aggressive.

Researchers Discover How Infectious Bacteria Can Switch Specie

14 Aug 2009

Rating: 2.75

Scientists from the Universities of Bath and Exeter have developed a rapid new way of checking for toxic genes in disease-causing bacteria which infect insects and humans.

Tufted Bacteria Cause Infection In Premature Babies

14 Aug 2009

Rating: 3.00

Bacteria that normally reside on the skin of healthy people can cause serious infections in premature babies.

Insecticidal Toxin Useless Without 'Friendly' Bacteria Accomplices

14 Aug 2009

Rating: not rated

The toxin produced by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a popular insecticide used to control pest moths and butterflies, and in some GM pest-proof crops.

Microcapsules act as “roach motel” to kill harmful bacteria

21 Nov 2008

Rating: 2.75

Researchers in New Mexico and Florida are reporting development of microscopic particles that act as chemical booby traps for bacteria.

Peas and beans get by with more than a little help from friends

27 Feb 2008

Rating: 3.50

The relationship between leguminous plants such as peas and beans and nitrogen-fixing bacteria is even closer than previously thought

Different strategies underlie the ecology of microbial invasions

27 Feb 2008

Rating: 4.00

Infectious disease can play a key role in mediating the outcome of competition between rival groups

Silica smart bombs deliver knock-out to bacteria

27 Feb 2008

Rating: 3.25

Bacteria mutate for a living, evading antibiotic drugs while killing tens of thousands of people in the United States each year.

New study shows that bacteria can communicate through the air

27 Feb 2008

Rating: 2.50

A ground-breaking study demonstrating that bacteria which are physically separated can transmit information through the air.

Clinical review: Bacteremia caused by anaerobic bacteria in children

27 Aug 2007

Rating: 2.71

This review describes the microbiology, diagnosis and management of bacteremia caused by anaerobic bacteria in children.

Discovering human history from stomach bacteria

27 Aug 2007

Rating: 4.00

Recent analyses of human pathogens have revealed that their evolutionary histories are congruent with the hypothesized pattern of ancient and modern human population migrations.

The challenge of antibiotic resistance: Need to contemplate

27 Aug 2007

Rating: 3.67

“Survival of the fittest” holds good for men and animals as also for bacteria.

Bacteriological analysis of water samples from Tsunami hit coastal areas of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu

27 Aug 2007

Rating: 5.00

In the present study 151 drinking water sources were collected from the tsunami affected villages and relief shelters and tested for coliforms and pathogens.

Culture-independent analysis of bacterial diversity in a child-care facility

27 Aug 2007

Rating: not rated

In this study, we used culture and culture-independent methods to determine the viability and diversity of bacteria in a child-care center over a six-month period.

Bactericidal action of positive and negative ions in air

26 Aug 2007

Rating: 1.00

The results of the study suggest that the bactericidal action attributed to negative air ions by previous researchers may have been overestimated.

Helping good bacteria win the war on dental disease

24 Aug 2007

Rating: 5.50

Good bacteria growing in dental plaque could help fight off bugs that cause gum disease and tooth decay if they are given a competitive edge

Improving the immune system using ‘chatty’ bacteria

24 Aug 2007

Rating: 4.33

Certain helpful bacteria are able to communicate with cells lining the gut causing the production of chemicals that can kill off harmful microbes when they try to invade