Research & Discovery

The Unexpected Upside of E. coli

Best known as a pathogen that causes food poisoning or steals nutrients away from its host, the E. coli bacterium actually plays a critical role in promoting health by producing a compound that helps cells take up iron, new CU Boulder research shows. The study, published today in the journal Cell, sheds new light on the mechanism by which E. coli—the most prevalent bacterium in the human gut—benefits its host and could ultimately lead
Antibiotics

Want to Beat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs? Rethink That Strep Throat Remedy

Got a sore throat? The doctor may write a quick prescription for penicillin or amoxicillin, and with the stroke of a pen help diminish public health and your own future health by helping bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics. It’s time to develop alternatives to antibiotics for small infections, according to a new thought paper by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and to do so quickly. It has been