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The International Space Station Is Teeming With Germs, But That's A Good Thing

The International Space station is filled with germs, but it's possibly a good sign of a healthy spacecraft. Still, it's important to identify these microbes, especially now that humanity has a renewed interest in further space exploration.

Space December 7, 2017

Gum Disease Bacteria Linked To Higher Risk For Esophageal Cancer

Oral bacteria linked to gum disease were found to be associated with higher risk for esophageal cancer. Researchers also found two types of bacteria in the mouth that may reduce risk of developing esophageal tumor.

Public Health December 4, 2017

NASA E.Coli Experiment In Microgravity May Offer Clues On How To Treat Infections In Space

How do E.coli bacteria that cause urinary tract infections respond to antibiotic treatments in space? NASA's EcAMSat small satellite experiment may reveal how to more effectively fight bacteria in microgravity.

Space November 27, 2017

Here's The Gross Reason Why You Should Stop Taking Your Phone To The Bathroom

Experts have warned about the dangers of using the cellphone inside the bathroom. Here's why it is not a good idea to browse through your Facebook News Feed while sitting on the toilet.

Public Health October 9, 2017

Shape-Shifting Bacteria: Behavior Of E.Coli Aboard ISS Could Pose Risk To Future Space Explorations

E.coli bacteria sent to the International Space Station were observed to change shape after being subjected with the antibiotic that kills them on Earth. What does this mean to future space explorations?

Space September 15, 2017

How Did The First Animals Appear On Earth? Algae Blooms May Have The Answer

How did the first animals appeared on Earth and paved the way for the existence of complex life and humans? Algae blooms that followed the melting of snowball Earth may hold the answer.

Animals August 17, 2017

Cleaning Kitchen Sponges Can Make Them Dirtier: Study

Microwaving kitchen sponges or cleaning them in hot and soapy water does not remove the bacteria and may even make them dirtier. Here's what experts advise for cleaner and safer kitchen sponges.

Public Health August 7, 2017

Kitchen Sponges Are Host To Millions Of Bacteria

Scientists reveal that kitchen sponges may be more dangerous than originally believed and should be replaced weekly. Cleaning or sterilizing sponges do not remove bacteria.

Public Health August 4, 2017

Fecal Bacteria Found In Drinks Sold By Major Fast Food Restaurants Like McDonald's

Scientists discover another reason why fast food is unhealthy. Three major fast food chains in the UK test positive for poo bacteria in its iced drinks.

Public Health July 21, 2017

Scientists Code GIF Image Into DNA Of Bacteria: Here's How They Did It

Harvard researchers have successfully encoded a five-frame GIF into the DNA of living E. coli bacteria. The new method could lead to a more stable, long-term data storage than silicon memory.

Material Science July 13, 2017

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Existed Even Before The Dinosaur Age

A study indicated that drug resistant enterococci or Superbugs existed even before the dawn of the dinosaurs. The research conducted also isolated the genes responsible for the superior resistance in these bacterial strains.

Public Health May 12, 2017

Elton John Cancels US Shows After Contracting ‘Harmful And Unusual’ Bacterial Infection During South American Tour

Elton John canceled his tour in the United States after suffering from a dangerous bacterial infection. The artist will resume his tour but the following nine concerts won't happen.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 25, 2017

Sunlight-Bottling Bionic Leaf Can Create Fertilizer And Boost Food Supply

Harvard researchers may have found a way to end world hunger through their bionic leaf, which produces cheap fertilizer potent enough to make crops grow 1.5 times bigger. Read on to see how the invention works!

Material Science April 5, 2017

Can Maple Syrup Extract Make Antibiotics Kill Bacteria Easily?

Scientists may have discovered a way to increase the potency of antibiotics. An extract derived from maple syrup could possibly decrease the consumption of antibiotics by 90 percent.

Medicine April 4, 2017

Orcas Spew An Array Of Bacteria When They Exhale, And Human Waste May Be To Blame

New research has found that orcas or killer whales breath out good bacteria, pathogenic ones such as salmonella, and fungi when they exhale. Human waste contaminating the environment may be to blame.

Animals March 25, 2017

Putting Paper On Toilet Seat To Prevent Infection Is Not A Good Idea: Here's Why

Putting a cover paper on a toilet seat to prevent acquiring infection only makes the matter worse. Toilet seats, according to public health experts, are not vehicles for the transmission of any infectious agents.

Public Health March 20, 2017

Cheese With Listeria Linked To 2 Deaths: What You Should Know About Listeria

A multi-state Listeria outbreak has been detected by health officials and they are reportedly looking into the issue. This bacterium has already caused two deaths and has resulted in hospitalization of four more individuals.

Public Health March 12, 2017

Can Rain Spread Diseases? Amazing Video Shows How Raindrops Propel Bacteria Flying Through Air

A new study paints a scary picture of how raindrops can help spread bacteria. Watch the video here.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2017

Algae That Survived Nearly Two Years Outside Space Station Could Be Key To Growing Food On Mars

An algae belonging to the Sphaerocystis species survived 16 months of extreme condition outside of the International Space Station. What makes it a good candidate as a food source for the manned Mars mission?

Space February 13, 2017

Dentist Faces Court Rap Over Death Of Teen During Wisdom Tooth Removal

A family in Minnesota is now finally filing charges against a dentist for the death of their daughter during routine wisdom tooth removal. It was a change of heart as they have formerly expressed no intention to sue the doctor for malpractice.

Medicine January 29, 2017

‘Designer Life’ Soon? Scientists Create First Stable Semi-Synthetic Organism

Scientists have announced the development of the first semi-synthetic organism using an expanded genetic code. The modified E. coli bacterium has been able to maintain an unnatural base pair, fueling hopes of new drug applications in the future.

Biotech January 25, 2017

Superbug CRE May Spread And Infect People Without Causing Any Symptoms

The superbug CRE may infect people without them knowing it. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria has the ability to silently spreading without causing symptoms.

Public Health January 19, 2017

Food-Borne Bacterium From Improperly Cooked Chicken Found To Cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Researchers have found that improperly cooked chicken meat contain a bacterium that can cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Their findings also hinted at how treating the autoimmune condition can be improved.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 11, 2016

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Vibrio Vulnificus Kills Man In 4 Days

A man died after contracting a flesh eating bacteria. Vibrio lurking in the waters of Assawoman Bay infected the man through a wound in his body.

Public Health October 23, 2016

Tasmanian Devil Milk Could Help Global Fight Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Compounds found in the milk of Australia's Tasmanian devil were found effective at killing disease-causing pathogens such as the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA. Findings could pave way for development of arsenal against superbugs.

Animals October 19, 2016

How One Virus Stole Deadly Black Widow Spider DNA That Codes For Venom

What could it possibly mean when a bacteria crosses borders and infects a virus that is only found within the arthropod kingdom? A pair of scientists discovered this unusual phenomenon and is continuously studying the results.

Animals October 15, 2016

Crohn's Disease: Study Shows Fungi And Bacteria Cause Gastrointestinal Condition

Crohn's disease patients tend to have higher amounts of two species of bacteria and a fungus. Other factors shared by family members may also contribute to the development of the gastrointestinal condition.

Medicine September 29, 2016

Belly Fat Linked To Diversity Of Bacteria In Human Feces

Individuals with more diverse bacteria in their feces were found to have lower levels of belly fat. How do you improve the diversity of fecal microbes?

Public Health September 26, 2016

Magnetic Bacteria Could Be The Future Of Cancer Drug Delivery Systems

A type of magnetic bacteria called Magnetococcus marinus could be used to deliver drugs in target cancer cells without affecting the healthy cells. Researchers found that the bacteria have the potential to deliver a large amount of drug into the cells.

Medicine September 23, 2016

Don’t Drop, Then Eat: Study Finds No Truth Behind The ‘Five-Second Rule’

Researchers from Rutgers University found that there is no truth behind the 'five-second rule,' and bacteria can get on food instantly after falling to the ground.

Healthy Living/Wellness September 16, 2016

Watch: Bacteria Evolves To Develop Antibiotic Resistance

Bacteria evolve, mutating to overcome challenges in their environment. For the first time, a large-scale look at how the process goes is provided by researchers, showing how antibiotic resistance develops.

Medicine September 9, 2016

4-Billion-Year-Old Organism Named Luca May Be The Last Common Ancestor Of All Living Things

The single-celled organism known as LUCA is the common ancestor of bacteria and archaea. Genetic analysis revealed it thrived in hot and non-oxygenated environment and consumed hydrogen gas.

Animals July 26, 2016

Bacteria In Our Gut Have Existed Even Before We Became Humans

Some of the bacteria in our intestines are already with us at least 15 million years ago, when humans were still pre-human apes. The research suggests gut bacteria is partly determined by evolution.

Feature | Science July 22, 2016

First Virus-Hunter In Space To Test DNA Sequencing Device At The ISS

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will use a pocket-sized DNA sequencer to study a virus, bacteria and mice genome in space. What are the objectives of the experiments?

Space July 18, 2016

Sniffing Can Infect Your Brain With This Deadly Bacteria That Can Kill Victims Within One Day

A bacteria known to cause the infectious disease melioidosis can be contracted just by sniffing. The deadly pathogen can also travel to the brain and spinal cord within one day.

Public Health July 11, 2016

Super Bacteria Found In Rio Olympics Venues: Should Tourists, Athletes Be Worried?

Scientists in Brazil have found super bacteria CRE in the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, where Olympic games are set to take place. The superbug can cause gastrointestinal, pulmonary and bloodstream infections.

Public Health July 7, 2016

Microbes In The Body Affect Success Of Organ Transplants: Study

In a new study, gut microbiome influenced the acceptance and rejection rates in organ transplantation. Could it be one of the crucial factors in organ transplant success?

Healthy Living/Wellness June 23, 2016

Tuberculosis Case Found At Brookline Day Care: Are The Kids Likely To Fall Ill?

Public health authorities confirmed a case of tuberculosis at a Brookline day care, believed to be an active TB infection. Is this a cause for concern, or are kids not really as contagious as expected?

Healthy Living/Wellness June 23, 2016

'Super Bacteria' Detected In Several Rio Olympics Venues

Two separate studies have detected potentially dangerous 'super bacteria' in several venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics. What likely caused the contamination?

Public Health June 11, 2016

New Material Can Kill E.coli Bacteria In Just 30 Seconds

Researchers developed a new material that can kill E.coli bacteria in as fast as 30 seconds. When tested on other drug-resistant bacteria and fungi, the material can kill the disease-causing microbes in under 2 minutes.

Material Science June 7, 2016

Financial Incentives Needed In Fight Against Superbugs

As the problem of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. escalates with the discovery of the superbug mcr-1 gene in the country, drug industry experts are calling for new financial incentives for antibiotic research and development.

Medicine May 28, 2016

Superbug Resistant To Last Resort Antibiotic Discovered In The US

For the first time, researchers found a superbug with gene resistant to antibiotic colistin in the U.S. What are the threats posed by this strain of E. coli bacteria?

Public Health May 27, 2016

Tiny Ocean Bacteria Have Massive Role In Regulating Earth's Atmosphere

The world's most abundant and tiniest marine organism has a massive role in regulating our planet's climate. Scientists found the bacteria produce significant amounts of the gas called dimethyl sulfide.

Earth/Environment May 18, 2016

Bacteria In Your Scalp May Be Responsible For Dandruff

A bacterial war in the scalp - not fungi as assumed - is pinpointed as the main cause of dandruff. Researchers from China believe that the staph bacteria has to be controlled and a competing bacterial species should be enhanced.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 13, 2016

Eating Disorder Anorexia May Be Caused By Bacteria

One of the most common eating disorder, anorexia, may be caused by a bacteria. The physical infection triggers an immune response, but the antibodies attack the brain, causing feelings of personal disgust.

Medicine April 25, 2016

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