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Sep 30, 2019

One reason is because the overwhelming bacterial members of the microbiome keep the fungi in check.

Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum is a professor at Case Western University and the director of the Center for Medical Mycology, who studies fungal pathogens, such as Candida, Aspergillus, and Cryptococcus. Ghannoum talks about how...


Sep 10, 2019

The presence of bacterial toxins in a remote coral reef got Stanley Maloy thinking about the evolution of pathogens, and where “emerging diseases” come from.

Dr. Stanley Maloy is a professor at San Diego State University who studies Salmonella, which causes gastrointestinal illness as well as more systemic disease...


Aug 19, 2019

Bacteriophages (“phages”), or bacterial viruses, are the most abundant biological entity on the planet, and the microbial world is shaped by these predators and parasites.

The ability of bacteriophages to specifically target and kill their prey is being explored as an alternate therapy to antibiotics against various...


Aug 5, 2019

Frequent urges to go “number one” can be the symptom of a urinary tract infection (UTI), one of the most common types of bacterial infections in humans. Usually the treatment of UTIs is quick and effective, but sometimes the organisms causing the infection can get into the kidneys and cause serious and even...


Jul 22, 2019

Summer brings warm beach weather, and with it come gruesome news reports of “flesh eating disease” that people catch from the ocean.

Vibrio vulnificus is a marine bacterium that prefers warmer seawater, and it can infect wounds and cause necrotizing fasciitis, also known as “flesh eating disease”, that can...