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The Department is on Facebook!

The Microbiology and Immunology Otago group has been set up on Facebook to keep interested folks updated with current news from our department and also to share and discuss our common interests in science!

Come and join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/366778370126913/

Posted by Richard Carlos Torr on 11/04/2014 at 12:00 AM

New insights into bacterial immune systems revealed

New insights into a surprisingly flexible immune system present in bacteria for combating viruses and other foreign DNA invaders have been revealed by Peter Fineran and collaborators in the Netherlands.

Peter Fineran and his group are studying the genetic basis of adaptive immunity in bacteria that cause potato 'soft rot' and in E. coli bacteria. Through their recent collaboration they have found that these bacterial immune systems are much more robust and responsive than previously thought.

Their latest findings, which appear in the leading US journal PNAS, have implications for improving our understanding of bacterial evolution, including the spread of antibiotic resistance genes. For the full story click here.

Posted by Richard Carlos Torr on 10/04/2014 at 12:00 AM