Sugar carvings are one of the main reasons for the global rise in obesity. Researchers have been looking at new ways to reduce the craving for sugar and one potential means is through the use of bacterial cell fragments.
The search for alternative forms of power, necessary to future-proof electricity generation in the face of dwindling sources of oil, has led to biological life forms. A new development is a so-called bio-solar cell.
Cases of citrus greening continue to affect Florida’s orange groves. New figures indicate that up to 90 percent of the acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the bacterial disease.
Having a gum diseases can cause problems enough, leading to redness, soreness and discomfort. This, however, can be just the beginning. New research is connecting gum disease to a host of other infections.
In evidence of an emerging generational issue, half of children around the world could carry organisms resistant to the most commonly prescribed antibiotics and antimicrobials. This presents concerns for future treatments.
New research discusses the microbiome of seminal fluid. Although focused on animals, the research could lead to a new area of medicine where the microorganisms in seminal fluid could be used to assess male health.
A possible connection between viral and bacterial pathogens and the neurodegenerative disorder Alzheimer's disease has been made by a research group. While not definitive, the research opens up a new area to investigate.
A new study suggests that a newly found bacterium could help address cavity formation, by keeping harmful bacteria at bay. The bacterium could be processed and be made available in pill form, as a type of oral probiotic.
An anti-bacterial cloth, effective against a range of pathogenic bacteria, has been developed. In studies the cloth has proven to be effective in avoiding wound contamination. Applications include bandages and face masks.
A new method for the early detection of Lyme disease has been developed. Current tests for Lyme bacteria, close to the point of probable infection, are normally produce "false" negative results. The new method overcomes this problem.
Rats pose serious health threats to communities and farms, according to a new study. This is because rats readily pick up diseases from one environment and spread them to another. Most at risk are humans and poultry.
Pick up a text book on microbiology or human physiology. Chances are you’ll stumble across a reference to the number of microorganisms in the human body exceeding the number of cells ten-fold. But is this correct?
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Researchers have pinpointed how Pierce's disease is transmitted from insects to grapevines. The disease costs California's grape and wine industries in excess of $100 million each year.
A new study has found how exercising while younger alters the types of gut microbes so that the composition is different than a person who takes up exercise later in life. These changes to the gut microbiome are beneficial.
The crystal structure of adenylosuccinate lyase (ASL) from Thermatoga maritima.
UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics via Microbe Wiki
Cyanobacteria, source of biodiesel
James Golden/University of California, San Diego
Scanning electron micrograph of very small and numerous bacterial cells inhabiting icy brine channels in Antarctica’s Lake Vida, which lies in the Victoria Valley, one of the northernmost of the Antarctic dry valleys.
Credit: Christian H. Fritsen, Desert Research Institute
Representative image of bacteria
Tuberculosis lung X-ray
Representative image of the bacterium Clostridium.
A Petri dish map of artist Sonja Bäumel's body shape.