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.