Biofilms

Why smoking puts you at increase risk of oral diseases

Puffing cigarettes can increase the likelihood that certain bacteria will not only set up camp but will build a fortified city in the mouth and fight against the immune system, thereby making you vulnerable to oral diseases, new research suggests.

Jun 01, 2016, 14:27 PM IST

Peppermint oil and cinnamon could heal chronic wounds

Scientists have found a way to package antimicrobial compounds from peppermint and cinnamon in tiny capsules that can kill colonies of bacteria on chronic wounds and actively promote healing.

Jul 10, 2015, 18:19 PM IST

Antibiotics may give rise to new harmful bacteria

Besides treating bacterial infections, some antibiotics may also give rise to harmful new bacteria, research suggests.

Feb 24, 2015, 13:06 PM IST

Scientists develop `antibacterial gel` to kill hospital superbugs

Scientists have created the very first antibacterial gel that acts to kill the most resistant hospital superbugs.

Aug 19, 2014, 13:38 PM IST

Researchers create first man-made `living materials`

Inspired by natural materials like bone, engineers from MIT were able to coax bacterial cells to produce biofilms, which can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

Mar 24, 2014, 19:07 PM IST