Briefs 2/22/12

Feb 212012

Making breakthroughs

After 30 years of research, a group of CSU scientists has announced a breakthrough in their study of tuberculosis and the bacterium that causes it.

“While randomly testing a group of compounds against the bacterium in the lab, we found one class of compounds that powerfully stops the growth of the bacterium—a significant finding on its own,” said Mary Jackson, a leading researcher on the project and professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, in a university news release.

“When we looked closer, we found that the compounds stopped a transporter from moving mycolic acids from inside to outside the cell, which also means this discovery identified a new method of killing the bacterium.”

Researchers like Jackson hope that, with their new discovery, they can find new drugs that would be more effective than current treatments.

The research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been since published in Nature Chemical Biology.

Here’s looking at you, kid

Those looking to be transported in time this week need to look no further than our very own Lory Student Center.

After beginning a classic movie series by showing “Mary Poppins” last week, ASAP will continue the series by hosting a viewing of the 1942 film “Casablanca.” The event, which starts at 7 p.m., is open to CSU students, faculty, staff and members of the Fort Collins community.

So if you’re a classic film fan who doesn’t mind free movie showings, giveaway prizes and food, stop by the LSC.

Listeriosis breakout claims another life in Colorado

After five months of battling symptoms of listeriosis, a 68-year-old man has succumbed to complications of the disease, bringing the current death toll of the multi-state listeriosis outbreak to 34, according to a report in the Denver Post.

Jensen Farms, located in Holly, Colo., first issued a recall of their cantaloupe more than five months ago. After a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation, blame fell on the washing and packing equipment at the farm, which hadn’t been washed with the proper amount of a bacteria-killing solution.

Since the outbreak began, the death toll has continued to climb and is seen as the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the United States in the last 10 years. In response to the unsafe washing practices, the food system’s reliance on third-party auditors has been called into question.

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