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The health and balance of the gut microbiota is important in the progression of a bacterial infection, according to new research, supported by BBSRC. A new study, led by the University of Glasgow and published in Nature Communications, found that disease-causing bacteria were taking signals from the host’s gut microbiota in order to spread and progress the infection.


A scientific breakthrough has revealed a new way that bacteria evolves, thought to be at least 1,000 times more efficient than any currently known mechanism. The insights will help scientists to better understand how superbugs can rapidly evolve and become increasingly antibiotic resistant.


A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new technique that could reduce the number of mammalian embryos used in research. The technique, reported today in the journal Nature, allows scientists to create an ‘artificial embryo’ that goes through several important developmental stages like a real embryo.