With the help of the microbes that once played an essential role in keeping you alive, the building blocks of your body go on to become a part of other living things.
Warmer ocean waters are fueling the spread of the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus. Infections can lead to a rare but fatal condition called necrotizing fasciitis.
Bacteria and lipids get a bad rap for causing breakouts and oily skin. But both play an essential role in helping your skin barrier stay strong against pathogens and insults from the environment.
With more than one species for every person on the planet, soils are the most diverse habitat on Earth.
Researchers simulated thousands of scenarios of an ancient pathogen being released into modern ecosystems. In the worst cases, up to one-third of host species were destroyed.
The oral microbiome has also been linked to other diseases, such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Most people have heard of the gut microbiome, but the lungs, skin, mouth and genitals all have their own unique microbiome.
Fermented foods are a key component of west African cuisine. Making them safer for consumption should be a priority.
Despite an abundance of research on strep, there is still a great deal of debate in the scientific community over whether and when people should get tested and treated for it.
Researchers uncovered the foundations of biology by using E. coli as a model organism. But over-reliance on this microbe can lead to knowledge blind spots with implications for antibiotic resistance.
Usually, mould spores are invisible – but give them a niche to exploit and you’ll get all kinds of colours on the things in your home.
You can squash small bugs by stepping on them, but can you crush even tinier microorganisms like viruses and bacteria? It turns out that you’d need to apply a lot of pressure.
A microbiologist on the deadly germs lurking in your kitchen and why you need to wash tea towels and dishcloths more often.
And other ways to enjoy open water safely this summer.
Gardening is often seen as a relaxing, harmless pasttime – but that isn’t always the case.
Ancient microbes likely produced natural products their descendants today do not. Tapping into this lost chemical diversity could offer a potential source of new drugs.
A new study shows that the gut microbiota has little or no effect on our weight, metabolism and risk of developing chronic diseases.
Your mobile phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s what to do about it.
Ants are skilled surgeons, bacteria have their own internet, and scientists think sperm whales have names.
This whirlwind tour of social history describes how infectious diseases have shaped humanity at every stage. It suggests reducing inequality will give us our best chance of surviving future plagues.