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Genome of Clostridium botulinum reveals the background to world's deadliest toxin

...the same group as Clostridium difficile the Cdiff superbug C. botulinum has a genome that is remarkable because it is so stable," commented Dr Mohammed Sebaihia, lead author on the paper from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. "Unlike Cdiff, in which more than 10 per cent of genes have been acquired from ...

Botulism bug has few genome wrinkles

...he same group as Clostridium difficile - the Cdiff superbug - C. botulinum has a genome that is remarkable because it is so stable, "commented Dr Mohammed Sebaihia, lead author on the paper from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. "Unlike Cdiff, in which more than 10% of genes have been acquired from other b...

UBC researchers find new superbug weapon for near-empty antibiotics arsenal

...ss against Staphylococcus aureus including MRSA; a superbug called vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE); and Salmonella. In Staph and VRE infections, although bacteria were not completely eradicated, IDR-1 significantly reduced bacteria counts and mortality, when given either 24-48 hours before or four hou...

New antibacterials being developed to tackle MRSA superbug

A novel antibacterial medicine that kills the superbug MRSA is being developed under a new scheme launche...nds to be more difficult to treat. "The so-called superbug MRSA is fast becoming untreatable with the currently available antibiotics," says Dr Ted Bianco, Dir...

Earth Rx: A microbial biotechnology prescription for global environmental health

... same role. "It usually isn't just one organism, a superbug or magic bullet," says Rittmann. "Instead, the best results require a community of microorganisms." Rittmann is motivated by the huge benefits that environmental biotechnology and microbial communities can bring to society. "I think if we could suc...

Diamonds are a doctor's best friend

...olonization of the tissue by bacteria, such as the superbug MRSA." DLC was first produced in 1971 in a vacuum chamber using a technical and costly method that involved spraying charged carbon atoms at the surface to be coated. Subsequent techniques have improved on this. However, Franks and his colleagues hav...

Unusual antibiotics show promise against deadly 'superbugs'

...fied in the early 1960s and has become a difficult superbug to tame. While searching for strategies to defeat it, Mobasherys research group focused on an enzyme called penicillin-binding protein 2a (PBP 2a), which is unique to MRSA. Research by others showed that the enzyme, located on the bacterial cell memb...

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