Topic: Infectious disease

Bacteria Show Capacity for Rapid, Beneficial Mutations

Aug. 2, 2016
Flasks of bacteria sampled over thousands of generations of evolutionary time

Researchers discovered that bacteria can evolve much more efficiently than once thought, which might help develop better ways to treat nasty infections.

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Making Virus Sensors Cheap and Simple

May 23, 2016

A new method to rapidly detect a single virus in urine could be adapted to detect a range of viruses, including Ebola, Zika and HIV.

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Drug Engineered at UT to Treat Anthrax Gains FDA Approval

April 4, 2016
Colonies of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax

Researchers at UT Austin successfully culminated years of work when a drug they engineered for the treatment and prevention of inhalational anthrax, sold as Anthim, received approval from the FDA.

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How Zika Could Spread Farther Than WHO Forecasts

March 22, 2016
Risk map for spread of Zika virus (U.S.)

More cities than previously assumed could soon grapple with the Zika virus if two species of mosquitos are found to be equally effective carriers of the disease.

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Bacteria Suppress Their Antibiotic-Resistant Cousins

May 13, 2015
Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Doctors battling antibiotic resistant superbugs are in desparate need of new treatment options. New research suggests that the infecting bacteria might be turned against themselves to weaken their defenses.

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