COVID-19 causes lung injury and lowers oxygen levels in patients because the SARS-CoV-2 virus attacks cells’ mitochondria. This attack is a throwback to a primitive war between viruses and bacteria.
A new ‘rule book’ for naming genomically sequenced bacteria is a boon for science.
A new species of bacteria that doesn’t normally live in the gut may trigger an immune response so strong that it spreads to the joints.
Urine therapies have been used across cultures for millennia (notably at times when modern medical alternatives weren’t available). Do they still have a place today?
The walls of your house could someday be built with living bacteria. Synthetic biologists are engineering microbes into living materials that are cheap and sustainable.
Don’t let microbes and insects turn your Halloween masterpiece into a horror show before the big night.
Phages, or viruses that infect bacteria, can lie dormant within chromosomes until they’re triggered to replicate and burst out of their hosts.
Food safety experts explain the risks of turning the fridge temperature up (or even turning the fridge off) to save energy.
Windermere has seen extensive algal blooms, attracting attention over its ecological consequences. But this is nothing new.
Listeria causes serious illness and food recalls nearly every year.
Fresh sweat doesn’t have a smell. It’s the bacteria that feast on sweat that cause the bad smell.
The types of microbes residing in your gut can affect your mental and physical health. Home microbiome tests promise to help consumers improve the composition of their gut microbes.
It’s not just mosquitos. Flooding, extreme heat and other climate-related hazards are bringing people into contact with pathogens more often, and affecting people’s ability to fight off disease.
Current expiration date system leads to confused consumers and wasted food.
Sepsis onset can be difficult to recognize, in part because its symptoms can mimic those of many other conditions. A treatment delay of even a few hours can make the difference between life and death.
When humans eat fish, mussels and other foods containing antibiotics, the residual antibiotics may cause bacterial pathogens to become resistant.
New research shows five bacteria are associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
If you’re tempted to wade into flood waters for fun, don’t. It not only risks your immediate safety, it’s also a threat to your health.
Reviving long-lost legume species could help improve global food security and decrease world hunger.
A billion-year-old ‘hydrogen economy’ in the frozen soil of Antarctica provides bacteria with energy, water, and the carbon that makes up their bodies.