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Intriguing evidence of charitable behavior in bacteria

Researchers from Harvard University and Boston University have observed that in certain populations of bacteria, antibiotic resistant strains will release chemicals to assist weaker bacteria to survive, a finding that provides deep insights into bacterial complexity and antibiotic resistance. Reporting their findings in Nature, the researchers explain that the populations most adept at withstanding doses […]

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Bacteria found to exhibit anticipatory behavior




Bacteria can anticipate future events and prepare for them, according to new research that explores how a microorganism’s genetic networks are hard-wired to “foresee” what comes next in a sequence of events. Reporting their findings in Nature, the Weizmann Institute of Science researchers explained how E. coli bacteria, which normally cruise harmlessly down the digestive […]




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Superbugs thriving in wastewater treatment plants




In the first study of its kind, University of Michigan researchers have established that wastewater treatment plants are providing a perfect environment for the emergence of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that eventually end up in neighboring streams and lakes. Chuanwu Xi and co-researchers, of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, sampled water containing the bacteriaAcinetobacter […]




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