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.

Apes have more diversified gut bacteria than us: Study
Apes have more diversified gut bacteria than us: Study

The microbes living in people's guts play a very important role in keeping us healthy, but the ones existing in our body today are a lot less diverse than the ones present within the humans' closest relatives, the African apes, says a research.

Microbes to help develop antibiotics
Microbes to help develop antibiotics

Solving a decades-old mystery, researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, have discovered how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature.

Aggressive treatment may not kill resistant pathogens

A study has questioned the accepted wisdom that aggressive treatment with high-drug dosages over long duration is the best way to stem the emergence and spread of resistant pathogens.

Microbial cell technology to better clean-up rural waste
Microbial cell technology to better clean-up rural waste

In a bid to help under-developed countries clean polluted water more effectively, researchers at the Washington State University (WSU) have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas.

Gut bacteria might increase obesity risk in adults

A new study has suggested that microbes found in the gut might cause metabolic changes that increase the risk of obesity in adulthood.

Gut microbes respond differently to diet based on gender

A new study has revealed that gut microbes of males and females react differently to diet, even when the diets are identical.

Caesarean babies have weaker immunity

Children born through a caesarean section procedure have different intestinal microbes than children born normally, says a study.

Diet variation may lower gut bacteria diversity

A rainbow of dishes may satiate your taste buds but they may lower the diversity of bacteria in your gut - making your body vulnerable to a plethora of diseases.

Bacteria that makes bio-diesel production more sustainable

Even as the search for alternative energy sources in the world escalates, researchers have discovered that efficient use of some microbes can make bio-diesel plants more productive by eliminating the creation of hazardous wastes.

Mars mineral similar to the ones made by microbes on Earth

Scientists have discovered that the earliest living organisms on Earth were capable of making a mineral that could be found on Mars.

Wave to say hello as handshake may carry microbes

A study has asked for the popular handshake to be replaced by a new gesture as the practice is an dangerous as smoking in public - especially in hospitals.

Microbes help understand evolution of human language

Researchers have discovered how a species of pond life communicates, providing insight into the evolution of human language.

`Dirt` microbes essential for urbanites` health

Those who left their rural settings in search for a better livelihood in metros and lost the opportunity to “play in the dirt”, read this again and again.

Gut bugs may spur development of bowel cancer

Microbes living in the gut may help drive the development of intestinal tumours, scientists have found.

New `groundbreaking` breakthrough links autism symptoms to gut microbes

Researchers have shown that feeding mice a beneficial type of bacteria can ameliorate autism-like symptoms.

Life on Earth may have first originated deep underground

The first replicating life-forms on the planet may have originated deep underground, a study has suggested.

Antarctica`s Deep Lake harbours `promiscuous` microbes

Deep Lake, which became isolated from the ocean 3,500 years ago by the Antarctic continent rising, have provided scientists a unique niche for studying the evolution of the microbes.

Microscopic life discovered in oceanic crust

A team of researchers has discovered an entire ecosystems teeming with microbes in the bottom of the deep ocean.

US warns of microbes resistant to antibiotics

At least two million people per year in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and 23,000 die from those infections, a new study says.