Clostridium Difficile

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‘Superbug’ may depend on calcium to multiply

By Tim Cutcliffe

Improving calcium absorption in the gut may be vital in reducing the risk of catching a ‘superbug‘ that kills thousands of people per year, researchers writing in PLOS Pathogens have suggested.

'We’re using a set of novel strategies, including trying to engineer probiotics with certain capabilities, which is a controversial subject. This is the next generation of probiotics,' says UK researcher. ©iStock/ChrisGorgio

UK-China probiotics centre plans GM research

By Eliot Beer

The UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotics Research is focusing on specific probiotic applications, and plans to use GM techniques to engineer highly targeted microorganisms to fight specific pathogens.

Probiotics show potential to stop C. difficile: Study

Probiotics show potential to stop C. difficile: Study

By Stephen Daniells in Miami

Daily supplements of a proprietary blend of probiotic bacteria may virtually prevent diarrhoea-associated with C. difficile infection, according to new research from North America.


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