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Clostridium botulinum and its spore (inset) 
Jason Brunt, Kathryn Cross and Mary Parker

Discovery of mechanism for transfer botulinum neurotoxin genes

A new study has shown how Clostridium botulinum could potentially transfer their deadly neurotoxin genes to other bacteria. This highlights the need for constant vigilance in identifying new threats to food safety. 3 March 2016 The botulinum neurotoxin is the most potent known, and has been much studied because of this, helping ensure it doesn’t […]

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False-coloured SEM image showing L. reuteri bacteria (blue) bound to the mucus layer (green) of a human duodenal biopsy. Image taken by lead author Alistair Walsham and coloured by Stephanie Schüller.

How probiotic protects pathogen infection in the gut

A collaborative study by researchers on the Norwich Research Park has indicated how certain probiotic bacteria can help reduce infection by pathogenic E. coli. 4 March 2016 Previous clinical studies have suggested that certain probiotic bacteria could prevent pathogenic bacteria from infecting the human gut. In particular, one common type of bacteria found naturally in […]

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New Study reveals unusual enzyme activity of gut bacteria

In an exciting new study published yesterday in the journal Nature Communications GHFS Research Leader Dr Nathalie Juge and her team have revealed an unusual enzymatic activity in gut bacteria Ruminococcus gnavus. Below Nathalie blogs about the study, and how it could ultimately offer insights beyond correlations between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and changes in […]

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