American Society for Microbiology

Overweight & Obesity

Gut microbiota of infants predicts obesity in children

Evaluating the gut microbiota of infants may help identify children who are at risk for becoming overweight or obese, according to results from a recent study published in mBio. The research revealed that gut microbiota composition ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers engineer dual vaccine against anthrax and plague

A team of researchers has now engineered a virus nanoparticle vaccine against Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis, tier 1 agents that pose serious threats to national security of the United States.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Zika vaccine shows promise for treating deadly brain cancer

September 18, 2018—An international team of researchers has successfully deployed a Zika virus vaccine to target and kill human glioblastoma brain cancer stem cells, which had been transplanted into mice. In a study published ...

Health

Microbiome serves as sentinel for nerve gas exposure

Exposure to banned nerve agents remains a major public health concern globally, especially because of the recent air-release of these agents in Syria. One main problem is the difficulty of determining whether an exposure ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Carrier status matters in foot-and-mouth disease

Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is believed to be one of the most contagious pathogens of animals in its acute form; however, there is still controversy over whether it is transmissible from asymptomatic, long-term carriers. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Cryptosporidiosis worsened in mice on probiotics

In an unexpected research finding infections with the intestinal parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, worsened in mice that had been given a probiotic. The research was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a ...

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