A researcher looking at E.coli bacteria strain at the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment in Latvia.
What is the difference between these pathogens, and how dangerous are they?
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Using light to manipulate cells is leading to some startling findings.
This attractive specimen, collected from a doorknob in New York, loved being in space.
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One common terrestrial bacterium has been found to grow in the microgravity of the International Space Station than on Earth, although it remains a mystery why.
Antibiotics can help, but at lower doses and shorter durations than doctors tend to prescribe.
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While antibiotics can kill the bacteria associated with acne, it's their anti-inflammatory effects, not their antimicrobial effects, that yield the biggest skin-clearing benefits.
Scientists have discovered the first easy-to-grow bacteria that can break down plastics.
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There are demands for older children to get the MenB vaccine – but what is the thinking behind the current guidance?
Using whole, unprocessed vegetables and washing them thoroughly will reduce risk of food poisoning.
Illness from prepackaged salads isn't uncommon. So how do we protect ourselves from illness when eating salads?
Bloodletting was treatment for infection in the past.
Wellcome Library, London
While some ancient therapies proved effective enough that they are still used in some form today, on the whole they just aren't as good as modern antimicrobials at treating infections.
One dip and done.
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Should you double-dip? A food scientist explains what's lurking in the depths of your salsa.
Microbes can act as canaries in the coalmine for ocean pollutants such as sewage.
There are more bacteria in the ocean than stars in the known universe. New genetic techniques are letting us use microbes as early warning systems for oceans in trouble from pollution and other stresses.
I’m not coming in. I might catch something.
New research shows that bacteria is thriving on the ISS. But is that really such a bad thing?
Early necrotising fasciitis is easily missed because the symptoms – fever, pain, swelling and tenderness at the affected site – may be non-specific or confused with a mild, superficial infection.
Necrotising fasciitis is a serious infection that affects the soft tissue.
When did you wash that?
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There is no harm in avoiding white coats, but there could be danger in wearing one.
It’s not still good.
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A food scientist explains the nitty gritty of the five-second rule.
The pathogens are secured, but are the data about them as well-protected?
Biosafety needs to be about more than personal protective equipment and safe laboratory practices. Don't forget the cybersecurity.
These little-loved microbes may be coming in from the cold.
We don't trust bacteria and we don't trust GM, so putting them together might be controversial. That's exactly what we're doing, though.
Yersinia pestis bacteria start to target the lungs and become so deadly?
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
It's a deadly bacterium that can spread like wildfire. New research suggests Yersinia pestis first developed its ability to cause lung infection and then evolved to be highly infectious.
How to trim agriculture’s global warming footprint?
About 10% of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions come from farming. Researchers are working on ways to address this piece of the global warming puzzle.
Like something straight out of a biofilm.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Biofilms have developed to let nutrients in but keep antimicrobials out.
CRISPR-Cas systems provide a new way to target pathogenic bacteria, without some of antibiotics’ downsides.
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A naturally-occurring system discovered in bacteria holds promise as a way to fight pathogens – very specifically and without the risk of antibiotic resistance.