Oil-dwelling microbes are social creatures: Study

In a significant revelation that may help us understand about life's early evolution on Earth and contribute to the search for life on Mars, a study has shown that microbes living under the vast reserves of oil deep underground are social creatures.

A biosensor to peer into insides of HIV-infected cell
A biosensor to peer into insides of HIV-infected cell

A new biosensor can measure what is going on within HIV-infected cells in real-time and also provide insight on the interactions between the AIDS virus and the tuberculosis causing bacteria within the cells.

Body hides iron to safeguard against bacteria

After examining DNA from 21 primate species - from squirrel monkeys to humans - scientists have exposed an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the host's bloodstream.

Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome

Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, scientists have found.

Life-saving bacteria found in turkeys
Life-saving bacteria found in turkeys

The biological machinery needed to produce a potentially life-saving antibiotic is found in turkeys, researchers have found.

Electric hand dryers can spread more germs

A new study suggests that electric hand driers make you more susceptible to germ attack.

Now, biofuel from oranges

 Scientists from Japan's Mie University have developed biofuel from inedible oranges and have received promising results due to its efficiency and less corrosive nature, media reported.

A kiss can spread more bacteria than love, here's how

Here is a piece of news worth noting for the couples as a new study suggests that kissing even for 10 seconds can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria. Shocking! Isn't it? And you thought a kiss only spreads love.

Deadly diarrhoea bacteria spread mapped for first time

A team of Swedish researchers has mapped the spread of the strains of a deadly diarrhoea bacteria that is being considered a major step towards the development of a new vaccine.

How mucus in mouth naturally fight cavities

Salivary mucins, key components of mucus, actively protect the teeth from cavity-causing bacteria, new research shows.

Gut bacteria decide our body weight

Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, shows a study.

Drug-resistant superbug found in 1915 soldier killed by dysentery

Scientists who unlocked the genetic code of bacteria grown from a soldier who died of dysentery in World War I say it revealed a superbug already resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics decades before they were in common use.

US approves first vaccine against dangerous meningitis strain

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first vaccine against meningitis B following outbreaks in several college campuses over the past year.

Drug-resistant bacteria to be soon taken care of
Drug-resistant bacteria to be soon taken care of

In a major breakthrough, researchers have discovered how bacteria destroy antibiotics - a finding that will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future.

Females sex hormone key to warding off lung infections

Females have been known to be naturally more resistant to respiratory infections than males.

Washing hands can prevent disease, death: Harsh Vardhan

The deaths of children due to preventable causes is "shameful" and simple measures like hand-washing which can prevent it should be promoted, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Wednesday.

Mystery of last universal common ancestor solved

Scientists have solved a four billion-year-old mystery surrounding the one common ancestor of all life on Earth.

Frozen faecal capsules may treat gut infection

Capsules containing frozen faecal material may help clear up infections caused by C difficile bacteria, scientists say.

Mexican researcher claims to detect Ebola using microfluidics

Ebola can be quickly detected using microfluidics, the study of very tiny volumes of liquids, according to Juan Pablo Agusil Antonoff, a specialist in biomedical engineering at the Ibero-American University in Mexico.