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Bacteria can help find alien life

Last Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 19:58

A discovery on how bacteria interact with salt to build complex three-dimensional shelters to hibernate has led scientists to believe that the micro-organisms can help find signs of life on other planets.

New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut

Last Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:59

Researchers has developed a new safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the gastrointestinal (GI) in real time that could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.

Bacteria linked to obesity and diabetes found

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014, 14:06

Biologists have discovered an extremely widespread virus that could be as old as humans and could play a major role in obesity and diabetes.

Smartphone app tracks how gut bacteria affect health

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014, 13:08

A smartphone app used by two volunteers for one year to track their daily life has thrown interesting results about the composition of gut bacteria and its close relationship with health.

Soon `therapeutic bacteria` to help win `battle of bulge`

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:45

Researchers have discovered a probiotic that could help prevent obesity.

Kerala scientist finds `oil-eating` bacteria

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 21:35

A scientist from Kerala has discovered three new species of oil-degrading bacteria from industrial waste.

Microbial communities in cheese identified

Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 18:22

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

Cinnamon can prevent food poisoning

Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 15:53

Cinnamon can not only tickle your taste buds, the ancient cooking spice is also an effective anti-bacterial agent and can help prevent some of the most serious food-borne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria, says a study.

New gut insight for irritable bowel syndrome sufferers

Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:26

Are you suffering from the nagging irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and cannot enjoy your food? Here is good news.

Protect yourself from skin problems this monsoon

Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:37

Though rain showers keep the scorching heat at bay, but due to constant dampness and humidity they can also lead to various fungal and bacterial infections.

Oetzi the Iceman had gum disease!

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:29

Oetzi the Iceman, Europe`s oldest known natural mummy of a man who lived around 3,300 BCE, indeed suffered from periodontitis, examination of its non-human DNA confirmed.

How good gut bacteria respond to infection

Last Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 13:14

In what could help better treat and prevent gastrointestinal infection, researchers have used unique computational models to show how infection can affect bacteria that naturally live in our intestines.