August 14, 2017

The collisions promote mutations that may help bacteria adapt to stress

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Smoking increases an individual’s risk of developing tuberculosis, or TB. Smoking also makes the infection worse, because it causes vital immune cells to become clogged up.

A deceptively simple bacterium that survives in many types of environments has a sophisticated strategy to get rid of its competitors.  Reporting this week in the journal Cell, a University of Washington-led research team tells how

UW microbiologist Peter Greenberg has long been fascinated with how bacteria in cells communicate for cooperative activities, including the spread of infection.

A new, rapid method is helping detect how bacteria sense and respond to changes in their environment.  Bacterial can pick up external signals, which then relay to internal signaling pathways that direct their behavior.

Three Seattle scientists are among the 26 newly named investigators for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The persistence of HIV infection despite antiretroviral treatment depends partly on which human genes the virus integrates, according to a new study by the University of Washi

Two University of Washington scientists are trying to understand the mechanisms underlying the ebola virus in order to halt its spread.


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