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african bullfrog and brucella bacteria

March 29, 2017

Hopping the Species Barrier: Harmful Bacteria Discovered in Both Amphibians and Mammals

Once thought to affect mainly humans and livestock, Brucella bacteria are now being found in species scientists never expected. Previously unknown strains of the bacteria were recently discovered in African bullfrogs.

August 04, 2015

PATRIC: Fighting Antibiotic Resistance Worldwide

Antibacterial resistance is becoming an increasingly pressing problem in hospitals around the world. More and more species of bacteria are developing resistances to commonly used antibiotics, forcing an antibacterial arms race that often results in the death of patients.

April 15, 2014

Wattam named Scholar of the Week

Blacksburg, Va., April 15, 2014 -- Rebecca Wattam has been recognized as Scholar of the Week by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

December 02, 2013

Scientists Aid in Fighting Deadly, Drug-Resistant TB Around the World

BLACKSBURG, Va, December 2, 2013 – Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have recently returned from a trip halfway across the globe in the race to confront drug-resistant tuberculosis. As part of a week-long course in comparative genomics organized by researchers from the Broad Institute, senior bioscientist and computational biologist Rebecca Wattam trained participants on using the Pathosystems Resource Integration Center (PATRIC). PATRIC is a web-based portal that provides bacterial infectious disease researchers with analysis tools and comparative data.  The course took place at the Kwazulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa and involved participants from all over Africa.

November 02, 2010

PATRIC Driving Biological Projects Awarded

The Pathosystems Resource Integration Center (PATRIC,, a bacterial Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC) funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is pleased to announce awards for its Driving Biological Projects (DBPs). DBPs are two-year awards that that focus on infectious diseases research related to human bacterial pathogens. Research includes the use of high-throughput experimental technologies (HTP) to functionally characterize the genome, proteome or metabolome of bacterial organisms and/or host-pathogen interactions.

October 11, 2009

VBI Awarded $27 Million From NIH to Support Infectious Disease Research

BLACKSBURG, Va., October 12, 2009 – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a 5-year, $27,670,448 contract to the CyberInfrastructure Group (CIG) of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech to support the biomedical research community’s work on infectious diseases. The funding will be used to integrate vital information on pathogens, provide key resources and tools to scientists, and help researchers to analyze genomic, proteomic and other data arising from infectious disease research.

April 27, 2008

Scientists Reveal Evolutionary Intricacies of Rickettsia Pathogens

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 28, 2008 - Scientists from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland School of Medicine have unveiled some of the evolutionary intricacies of rickettsial pathogens by analyzing over a decade's worth of genomic data. Some species of Rickettsia are known to cause harmful diseases in humans, such as epidemic typhus (R. prowazekii) and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (R. rickettsii), while others have been identified as emerging pathogens and organisms that might possibly be used for the development of biological weapons. The new data, which are publicly available via the PATRIC project web site, open up exciting new possibilities for future research.

July 11, 2007

PATRIC Bioinformatic Resource Center Launches New Web Site

BLACKSBURG, Va., July 11, 2007 – PATRIC, the PathoSystems Resource Integration Center project, has a new-look website hosted at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI).

May 31, 2005

VBI hosts BRC and IOWG meetings

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 1, 2005 – On May 16 through 18, 2005, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) hosted the second Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRC) and Interoperability Working Group (IOWG) meeting.