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Antibiotics may give rise to new harmful bacteria

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

Bacteria may jump between species more easily than thought

Bacteria may be able to jump between species more easily than previously thought, according to a new study which can explain how infection passes between animals and humans.

Even bacteria's DNA can affect your offspring

 The bacteria living inside your body can influence certain traits such as behaviour and weight and researchers have now found that these traits can pass from mother to offspring through bacterial DNA.

Diabetes breakthrough: Probiotic pill that 'rewires' the body

Scientists claim to have achieved a breakthrough in diabetes, a development that could bring hope and cheers to the millions of sufferers around the world.

Biomaterial coating holds promise for medical implants

In a major breakthrough, researchers have created a novel, bacteria-repelling coating material that could increase the success of medical implants.

Chewing gum enhances oral health

Chewing gum can enhance oral health by removing 100 million bacteria from your mouth in just 10 minutes, suggests a new study.

Viruses may play a role in inflammatory bowel diseases

Inflammatory bowel diseases may be associated with an increase in the diversity of viruses in the body, scientists say.

Scientists create ''genetic firewall'' for new forms of life
Scientists create ''genetic firewall'' for new forms of life

A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another "synthetic biology" milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Scientists create 'genetic firewall' for new forms of life

A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another "synthetic biology" milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

Our mobile phones are teeming with bacteria!
Our mobile phones are teeming with bacteria!

A new study has recently provided a deeper insight into how filthy mobile phones are that people use in their daily life.

Our mobile phones are teeming with bacteria!

A new study has recently provided a deeper insight into how filthy mobile phones are that people use in their daily life.

How proteins disable bacterial toxins

New research shows that small proteins called defensins, which are active in the immune system, neutralise toxins released by bacteria.

Beer-digesting bacteria may fight disease too

Bacteria that has evolved to help us digest the yeast that give beer and bread their bubbles could also aid in fighting off yeast infections and autoimmune diseases such as Crohn's disease, new research has found.

New software predicts Superbugs' countermoves

A new software has predicted MRSA's response to new drug before it is tested on patients.

Tool to predict bacteria's future response to new drug

With a growing number of bacteria developing drug-resistance, researchers have now developed a tool to predict if a new drug would be effective against future counter-moves of the bug that it targets.

Cholera bacterium kills other bacteria to steal their DNA

Scientists have discovered the unconventional way the cholera bacterium stabs and kills other bacteria to steal their DNA, making it potentially more virulent.

New method enables bacteria to produce more chemicals

Scientists have developed a new technique that manipulates bacteria to produce up to 30-fold more quantities of chemicals.

New clues about fossil formation found
New clues about fossil formation found

A new study by researchers from the University of Missouri and the Virginia Tech suggests that the bacteria involved in the decay of ancient organisms also play a key role in the preservation of fossil.

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.