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Research by scientists in Australia could help open up new possibilities to treat enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) infections.

University of New South Wales (UNSW) microbiologists discovered a molecular pathway that controls Shiga toxin production. The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Intensive farming techniques could increase the likelihood of pathogens becoming a public health risk, according to researchers.

An international team led by the Universities of Bath and Sheffield in England, investigated the evolution of Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium carried by cattle.

Scientists studied the genetic evolution of the pathogen and
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Researchers have found out how E. coli knows where and when to begin colonizing the colon ahead of making people sick.

By recognizing the low-oxygen environment of the large intestine, the foodborne pathogen gives itself the best chance to establish a robust infection.

A pair of University of Virginia School
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A team of scientists is genetically engineering plants to produce antimicrobial proteins known as colicins, which can then be extracted and applied to contaminated meat and produce to kill E. coli bacteria. In a study published earlier this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team 
Continue Reading Research Shows GE Plants Produce Proteins Able to Reduce E. Coli on Food

Last spring, the World Health Organization stated that there are “major gaps” in surveillance and data sharing related to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant foodborne pathogens and their impact on both animals and humans. One gap to fill is the amount of antibiotics consumed by food-producing animals worldwide each year. Estimates
Continue Reading Scientists Model Global Trends in Animal Antibiotic Use