Immune System

Study details how gut microbiome communicates with immune system

Study details how gut microbiome communicates with immune system

By Will Chu

Bath University researchers have put forward an intriguing theory as to how the gut microbiome communicates with the immune system in work that further defines their roles in the onset of Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease.

Biomedal targets gluten detection and quantification

Biomedal launches test for gluten

By Joseph James Whitworth

Biomedal has launched an immunochromatographic (lateral flow) test to detect and quantify gluten content in foods.


Experts dismiss new study showing dangers of BPA

By Louis Gore-Langton

New research shows exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in pregnant mice can disrupt the immune system and lead to multiple sclerosis in infancy, but experts say the chemical poses no risk to humans.

The virus has forced Russia to kill 17,000 pigs to stop the disease from spreading

Russia: massive virus outbreak shakes pig industry

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has been rocked by several outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in the first two weeks of August, the country’s veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has claimed.

Scienion inks development agreement with Axela

Scienion and Axela to work together

By staff reporter

Scienion and Axela have entered into an agreement to develop production systems and services for diagnostic and research products.

Food safety research round-up - Tell us what you are working on!

Research round-up: Food-grade coatings and TDLAS

By Joseph James Whitworth

We often don’t take into account the work behind something or take it for granted when it is there and it works. Why does it work and how – there is a good chance it is due to research. FQN takes a look at some recent examples.

Wild boars with immunity to ASF have increased hopes for a vaccine

Boars immune to ASF discovered in Latvia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Wild boars in Latvia that have managed to survive the African swine fever (ASF) and develop antibodies against it have been found in Latvia, raising hopes for the development of a vaccine against the disease. 

The Zephyr Pathogen Identifier

PathSensors receives $500,000 investment

By Joseph James Whitworth

PathSensors has received a $500,000 investment to help with market expansion of its pathogen detection and identification system.

Egg is a common food allergen

‘Window of opportunity’ before allergen thresholds

By Joseph James Whitworth

There is a ‘window of opportunity’ for the analytical community to get its house in order before allergen thresholds come in, according to an analyst for the Government Chemist.

"We've identified a bacterial population that protects against food allergen sensitisation"

Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies offer probiotic promise

By Nathan Gray

Common gut bacteria from the class Clostridia could prevent sensitisation to allergens in food, according to new research that may pave the way for probiotic products aimed at battling food allergies and intolerances.

Picture: IFR. Salmonella Typhimurium

Glucose fuels Salmonella's fire

By Joseph James Whitworth

Glucose is a major nutrient used by Salmonella Typhimurium during infection in humans, according to research.

FSA campylobacter research campylobacteriosis food poisoning

FSA calls for campylobacter research

By Rachel Arthur

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is inviting tenders for campylobacter research, to explain figures that suggest rates of food poisoning from the bacteria are lower in deprived areas of Scotland than the country’s other areas. 

Dietary fibres may protect against asthma: Mouse data

Dietary fibres may protect against asthma: Mouse data

By Nathan Gray

A lack of fermentable fibres in people's diet may pave the way for allergic inflammatory reactions such as asthma - and increasing intake of these fibres could help battle asthma, according to new research. 

Zoetis and Roslin Institute partner on salmonella research

Salmonella control is aim of research partnership

By Joseph James Whitworth

Zoetis and The Roslin Institute have collaborated for salmonella research to see how the pathogen enters cattle and can lead to contamination of beef for human consumption.

FDA reports on food incident update

FDA reports on food incident update

By Rod Addy

Listeria, Salmonella and undeclared allergens were the source of the greatest number of incidents of food contamination logged in the latest US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report.


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