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Hoopoes engage in strange egg-licking behaviors

Hoopoes have a remarkable habit. They cover their eggs with a secretion from their beaks. The secretion is packed with beneficial bacteria, which protects the eggs. A new research study has been looking into this behaviour further.

Unpacking the clues as to why some bacteria resist antibiotics

Phoenix - Scientists are seeking to find out the different processes used by bacteria to survive destruction from antimicrobial peptides within the natural environment. The hope is to find new ways to kill pathogenic organisms.

Gut bacteria influence Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

New research suggests that a person’s specific genes influence whether intestinal bacteria will trigger inflammatory bowel diseases. Understanding such causes is provides knowledge to help with prevention and treatment.

The bacteria in your gut may help you destress, says new research

A recent study has found a link between the kind of bacteria you have in your gut and your mental anxiety levels. This throws up some interesting questions in the study of anxiety relief.

Five startling hygiene facts

Health and hygiene are important issues and often need to go hand-in-hand in order to minimize the risk of infection. Have you ever wondered what the top five stomach churning hygiene facts might be?

Op-Ed: The myths around Teixobactin

The breaking science news story of the week has been the announcement of a new antibiotic called Teixobactin and its apparent "superbug" battling qualities. Although welcome, it is important to consider the antibiotic itself beyond the hyperbole.

New probiotic hope for autoimmune diseases

Newcastle - Certain bacteria that can eat their way through yeast in the human gut could be the basis for new treatments for people suffering from bowel diseases, according to some new research.

New discovery could help protect the bees

Etymologists have made a new discovery to combat a disease that has been savagely killing global honeybee populations. The scientists took a toxin released by the pathogen that causes American foulbrood disease and developed an inhibitor against it.

Bacteria can be used to manufacture terpenes

Bacteria are a source of terpenes. These are natural compounds used to make drugs, food additives, perfumes, and other useful products. Research indicates that there could be other terpene products, as yet undiscovered, hiding in the genomes of bacteria.

Extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form (video)

Bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources. Nonetheless, scientists were surprised recently to discover new species of bacteria that can survive and function on electricity alone.

Op-Ed: Microbiology in the news, the top stories of 2014 Special

London Colney - The website Pharmaceutical Microbiology has reviewed the top ten microbiology stories and events that have made the news during 2014.

A 10-second kiss transfers 80 million bacteria, study says

A research study from institutes in the Netherlands reports that a couple will share approximately 80 million bacteria during a 10-second kiss!

Parkinson’s disease linked to gut bacteria

A new strand of research shows that people suffering from Parkinson’s disease have a different composition of bacteria in their intestines compared with normal adults. A research group think that there is a causative connection.

WHO reveals high risk TB countries

The estimated rate of tuberculosis (TB) per 100,000 people, compiled from World Health Organisation (WHO) data for each country (2013), shows a rise. There are some interesting geographical findings.

Vultures developed resistance for their horrifying diets

Copenhage - One question that has puzzled scientists is how vultures can live on a diet of carrion that would at least trigger severe food-poisoning, and probably kill most other animals.

Oil-dwelling bacteria demonstrate how life gets everywhere

Oslo - Deep below Earth's surface are scattered vast lakes of oil. These hydrocarbon reservoirs are dispersed randomly much like remote islands in Earth’s oceans.

Antibiotic resistance detected in monkeys

Veracruz - Antibiotic resistance is the scourge of modern medicine. Alarmingly, even animals that live far from humans are developing resistance to antibiotics.

Beneficial bacteria help fight malaria

Lisbonne - Specific bacterial components in the human gut can help trigger a natural defense mechanism that guards against malaria transmission. This has come from a new study.

Thousands sign up to Antibiotic Guardians

London - Across the U.K., over 8,100 healthcare professionals and some 3,600 members of the public have pledged to do their own part to help reduce antibiotic resistance by becoming “antibiotic guardians.”

Five things cleaner than your smartphone

Smartphone are known for carrying germs. However, did you know that there are five other common items that are “cleaner” than the cellular device? Digital Journal takes a look.

What do people get up to in washrooms?

According to a new survey, based on people in the U.S., washrooms are used for a lot of different activities (beyond the obvious).

Whooping cough remains a problem in the U.S.

Bethesda - The latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that whooping cough continues to increase across the U.S.

Gene jumps across three domains of life

Through a mechanism termed horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

Discoverer of Lyme disease dies

Willy Burgdorfer, the scientific entomologist who first identified the bacteria that cause Lyme disease has died at the age of 89. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Fiber supplements shift bacteria and trigger weight loss

A new study suggests that the addition of dietary fiber to a diet leads to a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria. This reduces risks of cancer and can help with weight loss.

Viruses help to maintain human health

New York - Scientists now argue that the natural presence of viruses in the gut (virome) help to maintain health-maintenance and infection-fighting. This is similar to the role of the intestinal bacteria.

Soil microbes can help tackle climate change

Researchers have developed a new climate change modeling tool. The tool shows that carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere, as result of greater plant growth can be offset by changes in the activity of soil microbes.

Chicken juice helps pathogens to flourish

Washington - The food poisoning bacterium Campylobacter is relatively hardy in many kitchens. New research shows that the robustness is boosted by "chicken juice."

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Special

This week is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” This is an international collaboration between U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada.

Carbon monoxide could help battle pathogens

Biologists have found that naturally occurring carbon monoxide (CO) is essential for immune system cells in the human body to be able to combat invasive bacterial pathogens.
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