Chinese scientists create super bacterium which may spark superhuman race

According to a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, the super bacterium uses electricity as “food”, which increases its physical performance by around 70%.

Jul 25, 2019, 08:54 AM IST

Excess calcium behind dangerous hospital infection

The study showed that increased levels of calcium in the gut, because of certain medications or supplements, triggers Clostridium difficile (C. diff) -- a bacterium that chiefly affects older patients living in nursing homes, or those who have been confined to a hospital environment for a long time. 

Jul 15, 2017, 00:28 AM IST

Breast milk sugars may ward off deadly infection in babies

 A type of sugar found naturally in some women's breast milk may protect newborn babies from infection with a potentially life threatening bacterium, says a study. 

Aug 27, 2016, 21:52 PM IST

Remote-controlled microbots to soon aid doctors

Made up of a biocompatible hydrogel and magnetic nanoparticles, these microbots can move and swim inside the patient's body when an electromagnetic field is applied, accoding to the researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne, Switzerland who developed bio-inspired robots that looks and moves like a bacterium.  

Jul 25, 2016, 15:22 PM IST

Asia may have seeded European plague outbreaks, study says

Scientists say they may have solved a centuries-old whodunit: Why did Europe experience outbreaks of bubonic plague over hundreds of years, starting with the Black Death of 1347 to 1353?

Feb 25, 2015, 10:04 AM IST

Can humans become radiation-resistant in future?

Just a handful of genetic mutations give E coli the capacity to withstand doses of radiation that would otherwise doom the microbe, scientists have discovered.

Mar 16, 2014, 19:20 PM IST

Revolutionary naming system for all life on earth created

Here comes a new and revolutionary naming system for all life on earth that would create a more robust and precise name for any organism - be it a bacterium, fungus, plant or animal.

Feb 22, 2014, 12:30 PM IST

Dangerous bacterium can counteract `coffee ring effect`

When a coffee stain dries, its edges become noticeably darker and thicker, while the middle of the stain remains almost unsoiled.

May 15, 2013, 14:36 PM IST

World’s toughest bacterium discovered

Scientists have discovered the world’s toughest bacterium, which can survive in extreme conditions.

Sep 06, 2010, 14:19 PM IST

Scientists identify bacterium that helps in formation of gold

Australian scientists have found that the bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans catalyses the biomineralisation of gold by transforming toxic gold compounds to their metallic form using active cellular mechanism.

Oct 08, 2009, 15:33 PM IST