From a human perspective, some strains are good, some are evil.
E. coli bacteria are the frequent culprits behind outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. But not all strains are harmful; some are even helpful.
New research has found a way to speed up enzymes that break down the PET plastic in bottles.
In Australia, cases of Buruli ulcer have been associated with coastal areas – like Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula.
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The Victorian community is seeing a worsening epidemic of flesh-eating bacteria that causes Buruli ulcer. But how can we prevent this disease if we don't know where it comes from and how it spreads?
There are a few different types of stye – and if you’re in lots of pain you’ll know yours is the infected kind.
The only way to prevent a stye is to keep your eyelids clean and free of grime that can block your glands.
Ten cases have been reported so far, including two deaths.
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Two people have died after eating rockmelon contaminated with listeria. A total of ten cases have been confirmed in NSW, Queensland and Victoria between Jan 17 and Feb 9, and more are expected.
Smoked and other deli meats are common sources of the Listeria bacterium. In 2008, contaminated deli meat caused 57 cases of Listeriosis and led to the deaths of 24 people in Canada.
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As the death count in South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak rises, Canadian researchers are isolating bacteria from the microbiome of exotic foods to try to develop a solution.
A giant ant carries a dead fellow in the name of cleanliness.
Ants produce their own antimicrobial chemicals to fight bacteria.
Toxic shock syndrome has many causes, but tampons are one cause women should be aware of.
Toxic shock syndrome is the body's response to toxins produced when bacteria that lives in and on us grows to dangerous levels.
A new study raises concerns about raw meat based dog food, but not for the reasons you think.
Potting mix is known to carry harmful bacteria and fungi.
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The risk of bacterial or fungal infection from potting mix is very low. Wearing gloves and washing your hands will keep it even lower.
Despite new findings, the deaths can't be blamed on enteric fever alone.
Researchers are using epigenetics to find ways to 'turn off' bacteria's ability to cause infections.
Lynn Margulis receiving the National Science Award from U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1999.
Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) was a courageous scholar whose remarkable work on the role of symbiosis in evolution stands as a magisterial contribution of science.
Bacteria don't just mutate to beat antibiotics, they also make changes on the fly.
What’s in the water?
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Natural disasters expose people to toxic gases, bacterial illness and other serious dangers. How can people maximize their safety as they return home?
No, you can’t blame (most) tooth decay on your parents. But for crooked teeth, the story’s a little more complicated.
Can you blame bad teeth on your genes? Here's why the answer is not as simple as you might think.
Tailgating can be fun, but watch what goes into your drink.
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Bacteria are everywhere, even on your drink garnishes and ice. While most are not going to harm you, some can make you very sick. Here are some things to consider at public drink stations.
Researchers are getting closer to understanding how some people are more susceptible to posttraumatic stress disorder.
Bacteria cultured from a sample of air in a public building.
When jetting off on holiday, we rarely give a second thought to what microbes we might be taking with us. But humans spread trillions of bacteria around the globe, potentially harming ecosystems' balance.
Plants make proteins based on whatever genetic material you give them.
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Inserting a random DNA mishmash into a plant or bacterium directs it to make a novel protein. Sifting through the resulting molecules, researchers may find ones have medical or agricultural uses.