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New Gene Variant is Even More Resistant to Hospital Antiseptic

  • April 15, 2019
 A team of investigators has discovered a new, more powerful variant on an antimicrobial resistance gene common among Staphylococcus species. The gene protects the bacteria from an antiseptic compound widely used in healthcare. The team showed that the newly discovered gene occurs in a highly virulent and multi-resistant clone of Staphylococcus epidermidis, found in healthcare settings worldwide.

Gut Microbiota and Phytoestrogen-Associated Infertility in Southern White Rhinoceros

  • April 9, 2019
Researchers from the San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research have found the gut microbiota of the captive southern white rhinoceros may partially explain its infertility.

Patients Harboring E. Coli with Highly Resistant MCR-1 Gene Found In NYC Hospital

  • April 8, 2019
A team of investigators has identified a cluster of four patients harboring Escherichia coli carrying a rare antibiotic resistance gene, mcr-1. That gene renders the microbe resistant to colistin, an antibiotic of last resort against some multidrug-resistant infections. Three of those patients showed no symptoms, raising the risk of spread.

Intestinal Helminths Boost Fat Burning: Japanese Investigators Show How

  • April 8, 2019
Intestinal infection with helminths—a class of worm-like parasites—prevented weight gain in laboratory mice on a high-fat diet. The helminths did so by boosting populations of bacteria that produce compounds that trigger increased energy consumption in the mice.

Register for Your 2019 ASM Microbe Press Pass

  • April 3, 2019
Press passes for Microbe 2019 are now available. Register for your press pass to gain advance access to online media materials, plus full access to the onsite press room, featuring our press releases, abstract summaries, and special interview sessions with key experts and meeting organizers.