Researchers have discovered Candida albicans can cross the blood–brain barrier, triggering an immune response that results in the formation of granuloma-type structures and memory impairments.
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A bacteriophage, VP882, has been identified to use bacterial quorum-sensing as a method to control the lysis-lysogeny decision. This is the first time a virus has been shown to detect a bacterial molecule.
New research has suggested that the spread of prions to the brain does not occur via the blood–brain barrier, implicating other mechanisms.
New research has suggested that vaccinia viruses trick infected host cells into activating their cell movement mechanism, rapidly spreading the virus.
Researchers from the Center for Infection and Immunity have made a major breakthrough in diagnoses of pathogenic bacteria with their design, the BacCapSeq platform. It’s the first precision medicine platform to allow simultaneous screening for all known bacterial pathogens, as well as markers for antibiotic resistance and virulence.
Scientists, led by the National University of Singapore and the University of Glasgow, have used the term ‘lateral transduction’ to describe a novel, dangerously-potent mechanism of bacteriophage-induced genetic transduction.
A pioneering treatment, an antibody termed PRN100, is to be given to a patient with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease for the first time.
Antiretroviral therapy with efavirenz in HIV-positive pregnant women has been reported to increase the risk of neurological conditions in offspring.
Genomics is increasingly being adopted into both research and clinical settings. Here, we speak to Dyann Wirth about the use of genomics in the field of malaria, from what it can uncover about the parasite to the hurdles that need to be overcome moving towards elimination.
Since Zika broke into the news in 2016, new research has been uncovering more information about this virus – we spoke to Dustin Farr at the recent ASM Microbe meeting where he was presenting a poster on Zika infection in corneal cells.