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A silver bullet is being aimed at the drug-resistant superbugs on the ISS

A bacteria which is benign here on Earth can mutate into a drug-resistant superbug once it enters space. Now this problem is being tackled by a team of microbiologists who have found a way to inhibit the spread of bacteria in the ISS. The post A silver bullet is being aimed at the drug-resistant superbugs on the ISS appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Earth, Bacteria, International Space Station, Microbiology, Silver, Antibiotics, Superbugs, Emerging Tech

Notable female microbiologists you’ve never heard of

Browsing through the most notable names in the history of microbiology, you could be fooled into thinking there were no female scientists working in ground-breaking fields such as antibiotic studies, bacteriology, or virology in the middle of the twentieth century. In fact, laboratories did employ women, though male scientists often thought of them as supplemental parts of teams working in a highly technical field, not contributing much in the way of impact. However, a closer look at the history...
Tags: Books, Featured, Scotland, Bacteria, Manchester, Journals, University of Oxford, Gender Equality, Illinois, Cambridge University, Immunology, Antibiotics, Bishop, International Women's Day, Health & Medicine, Hunt

A pleasure to burn: Why do people like spicy foods?

Humans are the only animals known to willingly eat foods that cause irritation, discomfort, and even pain.Theories for why range from thrill-seeking behavior to an evolutionary adaptation for seeking foods that reduce pathogens.Taste results from an interplay of genes, culture, memory, and personality, a complex design that scientists are only now beginning to understand. None If a Martian anthropologist found its way to a Clifton Chili Club Chili Eating Contest, it would discover one the univer...
Tags: Psychology, Food, Europe, Earth, Bacteria, Nature, Birds, Innovation, Evolution, University of Pennsylvania, Sherman, University Of Southern California, Evolutionary Psychology, Microbes, Biomechanics, Padron

‘Micro snails’ we scraped from sidewalk cracks help unlock details of ancient Earth’s biological evolution

Every step you take, you're likely walking on a world of unseen and undescribed microbial diversity. And you don't need to head out into nature to find these usually unnoticed microscopic organisms. As biologists, we know this firsthand. A meetup for coffee several years ago ended with our using makeshift sampling tools – actually a coffee stirrer and a coffee cup lid – to collect some of the black gunk from between the sidewalk's concrete slabs. In this mundane space on the Mississippi Stat...
Tags: Dna, Environment, History, Earth, Bacteria, Nature, Geology, Innovation, Brazil, Evolution, Ecology, Grand Canyon, Microbes, Lahr, Mississippi State University, Denisovan

For South Asian Cooks, Yogurt Starter Is an Heirloom

Homemade yogurt is central to South Asian cuisines, and home cooks hand down their distinctive starter cultures, wherever they are in the world.
Tags: News, Bacteria, Yogurt, South Asia, Cooking and Cookbooks, Immigration and Emigration, Families and Family Life

A Common Household Ingredient Might Sabotage Your Antibiotics

Your daily gob of toothpaste or spritz of body spray might be inadvertently mucking up your antibiotic treatment, suggests new research. It found that a common household antimicrobial ingredient—triclosan—seemed to reduce the potency of antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections by a hundred-fold, at least in…Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Bacteria, Antibiotic Resistance, Superbugs, Triclosan

Trilobites: What’s Pink and Pinstriped and Digests Wood? This New Shipworm

Scientists are eager to learn more about the bacteria that live in this recently-discovered clam with an extremely long digestive system.
Tags: News, Bacteria, Philippines, Biodiversity, Clams, Dan, Reuben, Wood and Wood Products, PeerJ (Journal, Distel, Your-feed-science, Shipway

Clean Your Phone Right Now

We touch our phones some 2,617 times a day (yep, that includes every swipe and tap). We take them with us everywhere: bathrooms, gyms, subways, and buses. They’re like an extra limb or appendage. And while most of us think to clean doorknobs, faucets, or anything else in contact with our hands, we rarely think of our…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Bacteria, Phones, Lifehacks, Germs

you asked: A Lady’s Many Scents

Pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, douching: Is your body’s natural odor a “fixable” problem?
Tags: News, Bacteria, Vagina, Smells and Odors

UAS Laboratories Grabs $21.7M for Probiotics Manufacturing Business

UAS Laboratories, a Wausau, WI-based probiotics maker, has pulled in $21.7 million in new equity financing, according to a document filed with securities regulators. Twelve investors participated in the deal, the document shows.The funding comes almost two years since UAS Labs last raised money, a $21.2 million equity financing round.UAS Labs formulates, blends, bottles, and distributes probiotic products, which are designed to stimulate the growth of so-called “good” bacteria in the gut. The c...
Tags: Trends, Investing, Vc, Bacteria, Probiotics, Wisconsin, Manufacturing, Microbiome, Gut, Life Sciences, Wausau, National blog main, Wisconsin blog main, Wisconsin top stories, Greg Leyer, Joseph Cesarz

Matter: Germs in Your Gut Are Talking to Your Brain. Scientists Want to Know What They’re Saying.

The body’s microbial community may influence the brain and behavior, perhaps even playing a role in dementia, autism and other disorders.
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Bacteria, Brain, Probiotics, Autism, Alzheimer's Disease, Microbiology, Emotions, Dementia, University Of Chicago, Epilepsy, Animal Behavior, Antibiotics, University Of California, California Institute of Technology

The cause of Alzheimer’s may be gum disease

Bacteria in periodontitis seems to be the culprit. Reported amyloid and tau buildups may be a response, not a cause. Compelling research offers a genuine reason for optimism. Dementia is now the fifth leading cause of death around the world, and 70 percent of that is due to Alzheimer's disease. Until now, experts have been baffled by what causes it, and powerless at slowing or reversing the cruel progress of this condition. Alzheimer's pulls its victims away from reality as their families watch...
Tags: Health, Discovery, Bacteria, Brain, Innovation, Disease, Dementia, Microbes, Massachusetts General Hospital, Melbourne Australia, Alzheimer, University of Central Lancashire, Moir, Casey Lynch, Cortexyme, Alzheimer's science

The Turtle House.

That's The Turtle house by Kurt Völtzke at El Gouna (Red Sea, Egypt), which I'm seeing this morning at the Wikipedia article "Cultural depictions of turtles." I got there because, after blogging about the Green Reaper, I went looking for other government-designed mascots. I'd thought of Smokey the Bear on my own, but that's the one that seems to make us think that the government should be in the mascot-designing business. I found a WaPo article from 2014, "It’s (almost) Smokey Bear’s birthday. H...
Tags: Astronomy, Law, Turtles, Wikipedia, Bacteria, Mythology, Architecture, United States, Egypt, Stephen Hawking, Mascots, Turtle, Federal Trade Commission, Turtles All The Way Down, Antonin Scalia, U S Supreme Court

Technique identifies electricity-producing bacteria

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office January 11, 2019Living in extreme conditions requires creative adaptations. For certain species of bacteria that exist in oxygen-deprived environments, this means finding a way to breathe that doesn't involve oxygen. These hardy microbes, which can be found deep within mines, at the bottom of lakes, and even in the human gut, have evolved a unique form of breathing that involves excreting and pumping out electrons. In other words, these microbes can actually produc...
Tags: Energy, Biology, Environment, Sustainability, Mit, Bacteria, Innovation, Electricity, Biotech, National Science Foundation, U S Army, Wang, Buie, Jennifer Chu, Cullen Buie, MIT News Office

Scientists are killing superbugs with viruses

CDC estimates say that 154 million antibiotic prescriptions are given out each year, 30 percent of which are unnecessary.The overuse of antibiotics have led to the rise of nigh-untreatable superbugs.Phage therapy offers a promising new way to overcome antibiotic resistance, but it also comes with its own risks and challenges. None In 1928, Alexander Fleming had just returned from vacation to his disorderly laboratory when he discovered he had made a mistake. He had been researching the bacteria ...
Tags: Biology, Cdc, Dna, Virus, Bacteria, Public Health, Microbiology, Innovation, Disease, Alexander Fleming

Ask Well: What Is a Fecal Transplant, and Why Would I Want One?

Fecal transplant is used to treat gut infections and is now being studied as a treatment for obesity, urinary tract infections, irritable bowel syndrome and more.
Tags: News, Bacteria, Bowels, Colon, Transplants, Digestive Tract, Clostridium Difficile (Bacterium, Feces

Scientists find a technique to identify electricity-producing bacteria

A new development could allow microbes to be used to run fuel cells and purify sewage water. An MIT team has developed a new microfluidic technique which can process samples of bacteria to see if they are able to produce electricity. The post Scientists find a technique to identify electricity-producing bacteria appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Mit, Bacteria, Electricity, Green Energy, Emerging Tech, Extracellular Electron Transfer, Microfluidic Chips

EU project looks for sustainable way to produce fluorinated products via bacteria

In Denmark, a new EU-funded project, SinFonia, will come up with a more sustainable alternative to the current production of fluorinated products by engineering the robust bacterium Pseudomonas putida as a cell factory to make fluorinated polymers. The project aims at producing fluorinated compounds in bacteria with metabolic engineering, circumventing the chemical reactions. Using the approach proposed in SinFonia opens the possibility of controlled fluorination of carbon structures within livi...
Tags: Research, Eu, Bacteria, Denmark, Fluorinated Products

Personal Health: Managing Teenage Acne

If the face a teenager presents to the world is marred by prominent lesions of acne, the ordinary stresses of adolescence can be that much more difficult to weather.
Tags: News, Youth, Acne, Bacteria, Antibiotics, Skin, Diet And Nutrition, Teenagers and Adolescence


PROBIOTICS FOR VAGINAL HEALTH AND FERTILITY What exactly are probiotics and how can they help you get pregnant? Most of us think that bacteria are bad, but many bacteria and yeasts are actually good for your digestive system. The term probiotics refers to the good or helpful bacteria. The medical profession is really trying to cut down on the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics not only kill off bad bacteria, but they can also kill off helpful bacteria (not to mention encouraging the growt...
Tags: Health, London, Nigeria, Bacteria, Infertility, Usc, Ross, Benin, Nilsson, Nugent, Martinez, Reid, Candida, Lactobacillus, Hillier, UTI

Vaccine for Honeybees Could Be a Tool to Fight Population Decline

Scientists hope the vaccine can make bees more resilient against diseases that can wipe out entire colonies.
Tags: News, Bacteria, Bees, Vaccination and Immunization, American foulbrood

Don’t Rinse the Bird. A Myth to Dispel Before the Holidays.

Many home cooks wash the chicken or turkey before cooking, but that only increases the risk of food-borne illness.
Tags: Meat, Food, News, Vegetables, Bacteria, Fruit, Chickens, Cleansers, Cooking and Cookbooks, Hygiene and Cleanliness, Food Contamination and Poisoning, Detergents and Soaps, Salmonella (Bacteria

Deep Beneath Your Feet, They Live in the Octillions

The real journey to the center of the Earth has begun, and scientists are discovering subsurface microbial beings that shake up what we think we know about life.
Tags: News, Earth, Bacteria, Microbiology, Biology and Biochemistry

Organisms living inside the Earth far outnumber all the humans, reveals study

Scientists found a rich ecosystem deep inside the planet.The "deep biosphere" contains mostly bacteria and microbes.The amount of life below the surface is hundreds of times greater than the combined weight of all the humans. None Much more life exists below the Earth than above it, concluded an international team of researchers from the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). In fact, about 16.5 to 25 billion tons of microorganisms dwell under the planet's surface. That's hundreds of times more than the...
Tags: Amazon, Biology, Earth, Bacteria, Chemistry, Microbiology, Geology, Innovation, Evolution, Biodiversity, Galapagos Islands, Microbes, Knoxville, University of Tennessee, American Society for Microbiology, Karen Lloyd

The VP882 virus ‘eavesdrops’ on bacteria to kill

When bacteria broadcast their presence, bacteriophages may be listening A stunning discovery of cross-domain communication Research could lead to new, custom- targeted medicines Cholera is caused by a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae, and along and other disease-causing bacteria, it engages in something called "quorum sensing." The word "quorum" in this context carries pretty much the same meaning as it does for human organizations where it's the number of participants required to conduct offic...
Tags: Virus, Discovery, Bacteria, Genetics, Medical Research, Microbiology, Innovation, Npr, Princeton University, Microbes, Justin, Bonnie Bassler, Squibb, Bassler, Justin Silpe, Silpe

Is wasp venom the next healthcare revolution?

Researchers are looking at the venom of wasps, bees, and arachnids to develop life-saving medical therapies.Researchers at MIT created synthetic variants of a peptide found in wasp venom that proved an effective antibiotic.With the "post-antibiotic era" looming, synthetic peptides could provide a way to maintain global health initiatives.Two of the most common phobias are the fear of insects and fear of needles, so it's little wonder that people with apiphobia and spheksophobia aren't keen for ...
Tags: Health, Animals, Mit, Bacteria, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, World Health Organization, Illness, Insects, AMP, AMR, Molecular Biology, Pseudomonas, Timothy Lu

Ancient Black Plague Found in Swedish Gravesite

Long before the two deadliest pandemics in history—the Plague of Justinian and the Black Plague—an ancient strain of the bacterium responsible for these scourges, Yersinia pestis, may have already wreaked havoc among Neolithic European communities over 5,000 years ago, according to a controversial new study.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Bacteria, Archaeology, Yersinia, Justinian, Neolithic, Plagues, Black Plague, Yersinia pestis, Neolithic Era, Black Death, Very Ancient Plagues

How introducing microbial life to Mars can make it livable for humans

Humanity dreams of becoming an interplanetary species, but no other planet in our solar system can currently support complex life.In order to make a planet like Mars hospitable for us, we'll have to engage in a massive, decades-long terraforming effort.Much of what makes Earth livable, such as breathable air, tolerable temperatures, and so on, are the result of microbial activity from Earth's early history. Can we use microbial life to make the same changes on Mars? None Three billion years ago,...
Tags: Climate Change, Nasa, Earth, Bacteria, Innovation, Planets, Mars, Astrobiology, Microbes, Red Planet, Terraforming Mars

Save the Germs

With modern medicine killing off whole categories of bacteria and viruses — including benign ones that promote health — scientists propose a way to preserve microbes that may rescue us one day.
Tags: News, Bacteria, Microbiology, Switzerland, Peru, Norway, Antibiotics, Tuberculosis, Thomas, Rutgers, Mann, The State University of New Jersey, Dominguez-Bello, Maria Gloria

We Need a Global Bank of Germs

With modern medicine killing off whole categories of bacteria and viruses — including benign ones that promote health — scientists propose a way to preserve microbes that may save us one day.
Tags: News, Bacteria, Microbiology, Switzerland, Peru, Norway, Antibiotics, Tuberculosis, Thomas, Rutgers, Mann, The State University of New Jersey, Dominguez-Bello, Maria Gloria, Global Bank of Germs