Bacteria study could help combat digestive problems, disease

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University microbiology master’s student Jody Floyd finishes extracting DNA from the bacteria that causes cholera. ENMU researchers are seeking to learn more about how the dangerous and less-dangerous versions of the bacteria metabolize sugars differently in order to find better ways to fight cholera.

Argen Duncan

The workings of bacteria could shed light on how to combat human digestive problems as well as antibiotic-resistant diseases, and an Eastern New Mexico University research team is seeking the beginnings of the answers.

Professor of Biology Manuel Varela and his lab team of students and a post-doctoral researcher study two topics: How microbes eat and how bacteria avoid death by poison.