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Small molecules control bacterial resistance to antibiotics

Antibiotics have revolutionised medicine by providing effective treatments for infectious diseases such as cholera. But the pathogens that cause disease are increasingly developing resistance to the antibiotics that are most commonly used. Scientists at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena have discovered a molecule that influences the antibiotic-resistance of cholera bacteria. They have published their results in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Antibiotics work in different ways. Some, including penicillin, attack the cell wall of the bacteria by inhibiting their synthesis. But the bacteria are not helpless against this attack. "We have been able to identify a small ribon…


Microorganisms in art

The fact that microbiologists are fascinated by microorganisms is probably in their nature. The beau…

Two new junior research groups

We extend a warm welcome to Amelia Barber and Martin Taubert who are each starting their own junior …

Ute Hellmich is appointed as the first professor within the Microverse Cluster

With great pleasure we announce that Ute Hellmich, currently at the University of Mainz, has accepte…

Study provides deeper insight into the regulation of bacterial toxins

In nature, different organisms often live in symbiosis - and thus benefit from each other. This also…

Antibiotics affect balance of intestinal microbiome

Treatment with antibiotics has a lasting effect on the microbiome in the digestive system. While the…

Virtual microbial talk

An international conference with some 230 participants from all over the world was held at the Fried…

Tiny bodyguards

The bacterium Pseudomonas tolaasii triggers brown spot disease in cultivated mushrooms and thus caus…

Fungus sabotages phagocytes

When pathogens enter our body, they trigger a series of reactions: The immune system becomes active …

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