Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health children public-health bacteria covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic water coronavirus-2020 viruses buildings legionella legionnaires-disease plumbing

How ants and bacteria teamed up to become one life form

New insights into how ants and bacteria became a single organism may lead to a better understanding of the origin of complex organisms, researchers report.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution bacteria ants science-and-technology symbiosis

Several schools find harmful bacteria in water systems, reminding all reopening buildings to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health children public-health bacteria covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic water coronavirus-2020 viruses buildings legionella legionnaires-disease plumbing

Toddler’s Shiga-toxin E. coli infection holds pathogen clues

The findings from a toddler’s severe infection with Shiga-toxin E. coli could help identify genetic markers and potential vaccines for the increasingly common pathogen.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria genes e-coli health-and-medicine food-poisoning

A new way to make bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics

SMART researchers find exposing bacteria to hydrogen sulfide can increase antimicrobial sensitivity in bacteria that do not produce H2S.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Sept. 3, 2020 ~4 min

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Scientists discover new rules about “runaway” transcription

Findings related to bacterial gene expression overturn fundamental assumptions about basic biological pathways.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna physics genetics bacteria biology rna research school-of-science

‘Whack-a-mole’ shows evolution doesn’t go for perfection

"It seems that evolution is myopic. It focuses on the most immediate problem, puts a Band-Aid on, and then it moves on to the next problem..."

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution bacteria e-coli science-and-technology

‘Sluggish’ immune response may explain more severe COVID-19

The way our immune systems react to COVID-19 could crack one of the pandemic's greatest mysteries: Why do some people get so sick while others don't?

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 health-and-medicine immune-systems

Bacterial cells sacrifice themselves to protect the swarm

In the face of antibiotics, some bacterial cells use "necrosignaling" to warn their comrades and give them enough time to adapt.

Esther Robards-Forbes - UT Austin • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria antibiotics drug-resistance health-and-medicine

Europe’s first syphilis outbreak may predate Columbus’ voyage

A major hypothesis holds that Christopher Columbus and his crew brought syphilis back to Europe. But new evidence suggests it was already there.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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