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Bacterial Booby Traps Revealed

Toxin-antitoxin gene pairs make a quick suicide mechanism for bacteria facing viral invasion

Live two-photon microscopy of the small intestine

How does the immune system in the gut distinguish between helpful microbes and those that wish us harm?



(l-r) Osnat Tirosh, Nir Fluman and Prof. Eitan Bibi

Scientists reveal one of bacteria’s secret weapons against antibiotics

The future of fuel? Image: Thinkstock

The sequence will help researchers design better means of recycling waste and producing biofuel

Electron micrograph of bacteriophages Image: Dr Graham Beards, Wikimedia Commons

The beneficial bacteria in our guts are open to attack from viruses

Drs. Rotem Sorek and Adi Stern. Bacteria's Achilles heel

Autoimmune disease in bacteria: The finding could lead to new kinds of antibiotics.

Dr. Rotem Sorek. Reading between the lines
Dr. Rotem Sorek wants to turn microbial secrets to human advantage
Electron microscope images of a yeast (Candida albicans) (top) and bacterial (Staphylococcus aureus) (bottom) cell, before (l) and after (r) treatment with synthetic lipopeptides, which damage their cell membranes

Combining natural protein fragments could help defeat antibiotic resistant pathogens

Joining Forces
The 'resistance movement' founded by bacteria to combat antibiotics may be losing ground. By combining key properties of two...
Left to right: Prof. Ed Bayer, Jonathan Caspi, Rachel Haimovitz, Ilit Noach, Alon Karpol, Hadar Gilary, Dr. Ely Morag and Dr. Yoav Barak. Designer cellular machinery
A new version of an old cellular machine might help decompose garbage