Antarctic fungi may survive Martian conditions

Antarctic fungi may survive Martian conditions

The quest for life on Mars is as tantalizing as ever and now, an experiment conducted on the International Space Station has suggested that fungi and lichens may be able to survive on Mars.

Fungi may lead to cheaper cancer drug

An anti-cancer substance which is already known to be found in yew trees can also be derived from a kind of microbial "bandage" that protects these trees from disease-causing fungi.

Connecting dots with `tree of life` for 2.3 million species

A first draft of the "tree of life" for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes has been released.

Are currency notes making you sick?

This may come as a shocking news to some. Believe it or not but there are dozens of disease-causing micro-organisms travelling in your wallet, according to a group of scientists after studying notes of Rs. 10, Rs. 20 and Rs. 100 procured from markets in south Delhi.

Mystery of 'alien' genes solved

 A new study challenged the assumption that evolution relies solely on genes passed down as it finds that humans contain 'alien' genes not passed on from our ancestors.

New incubator uses fungi to turn plastic into food

Austrian researchers have developed a working model of an incubator that uses fungi to break down waste plastic and turn it into edible nutritious food.

Scientists invent 'bio-spleen' device that uses 'magnet' to cleanse blood

Scientists recently unveiled a device called 'bio-spleen,' which uses a magnet to cleanse the blood by bacteria, fungi and toxins.

Microbial communities in cheese identified

Harvard researchers have identified three general types of microbial communities that live on cheese.

Fungi, the next alternative to plastic

Fungi really deserve more respect, as they have fantastic capabilities and can be grown, under certain circumstances, in almost any shape and be totally biodegradable.

Fungi inspires potential cancer drugs

MIT chemists have synthesized and tested several dozen compounds that may hold promise as potential cancer drugs.

Fungi in lungs may hold asthma treatment clues

A new study has found that people with asthma have a different blend of fungi in their lungs compared to healthy people who do not have the condition.

Anti-bacteria coating `developed`

Scientists claim to have developed a revolutionary coating which attracts and kills bacteria, even those resistant to antibiotics.

Fungi can help rein in lead pollution

Fungi can help scientists keep hazardous lead under control by transforming the heavy metal into its most stable mineral form.

Fungi behind extinction of forests 250mn-yrs-ago

The so-called Permian extinction likely was triggered by immense volcanic eruptions in what is now Siberia.

How plants and soil fungi turned Earth ‘green’ over 470 mn yrs ago

Experts have learnt how ancient plants and soil fungi turned the Earth green over 470 million years ago.