bacteria

New method could lead to more efficient production of next-generation antibiotics

An international team of researchers has developed a way to alter one class of antibiotics, using microorganisms that naturally produce these compounds. The findings, published July 25 in Nature Chemistry, could lead to more efficient production of antibiotics effective against drug-resistant bacteria. The team started with a microorganism genetically programmed to produce the antibiotic erythromycin. …

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The discovery of a deadly bacteria in the soil and waters of the Gulf of Mississippi coast

A deadly bacteria has been found in soil and water on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control announced Wednesday. Bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei or B. pseudomallei, can cause chlamydial disease, which is fatal in 10-50% of cases. This was the first time this bacteria had been found in the United States. …

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