5 Interesting Microbiology News (6/02/2018)

New Peptide can Bust Biofilms

“This work contributes ‘an important piece … to the puzzle of creating a perfect antibiotic,’ Kim Lewis, a microbiologist at Northeastern University in Boston who was not involved in the work, told Science.”

Read more: https://www.labroots.com/trending/cell-and-molecular-biology/7986/peptide-bust-biofilms

Bacteria in milk and beef linked to rheumatoid arthritis

“A strain of bacteria commonly found in milk and beef may be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis in people who are genetically at risk, according to a new study from the University of Central Florida.”

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180130123743.htm?hootPostID=4c3e4f69cf2ca339af07dcfc9bb094fa

The flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective this year. Blame eggs.

“The study, from the journal Eurosurveillance, found that the flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective against H3N2 (the main flu subtype going around in the US this season) among adults aged 20 to 64 years old in Canada — the age group that made up the majority of participants in the study. The protection rate rose to 17 percent when considering all age groups.”

Read more: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/2/1/16960758/flu-vaccine-effectiveness

Plant compound ‘much more effective’ than traditional anti-HIV drug

“The chemical compound is called “patentiflorin A” and is derived from a medicinal plant found in East Asia: Justicia gendarussa.”

Read more: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317966.php?sr

How Did Multicellular Life Evolve?

“Scientists are discovering ways in which single cells might have evolved traits that entrenched them into group behavior, paving the way for multicellular life. These discoveries could shed light on how complex extraterrestrial life might evolve on alien worlds.”

Read more: https://www.astrobio.net/origin-and-evolution-of-life/multicellular-life-evolve/

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