Bacteria

04 August 2014

Can we solve the threat of antibiotic resistance by learning more about the structure of bugs?

04 August 2014

We answer your questions on what Ebola is, how it spreads and its symptoms...

18 July 2014

When bacteria or viruses become extinct this is usually a cause for celebration, but can we ever be sure that they are...

10 June 2014

How the parasite that causes sleeping sickness keeps one step ahead of its host.

10 June 2014

Krishnāa Mahbubani has been developing a way to put vaccines into suspended animation so they don’t need...

10 June 2014

Bacteria can produce spores, natural packages which last for hundreds of years. Can we use these to keep drugs on the...

27 May 2014

Billions of bugs are already on and inside a baby within the first few days of life - but where do they come from? We...

04 April 2014

The Hawaiian bobtail squid and V. fischeri bacteria use a chemical conversation to establish a close working...

04 April 2014

Single mutations in three genes can increase the ability of E. coli to survive ionizing radiation by a factor of 1000.

04 March 2014

Bacteria employ a sophisticated method to ensure that they swim in a particular direction.

06 January 2014

Can mathematics model the evolution of altruistic microbes that make molecules benefiting other bugs?

06 January 2014

Contrary to prevailing wisdom, antibiotic-resitant typhoid bugs grow better than their unmutated counterparts...

10 December 2013

Different environments harbour different micro-organisms. So how does this affect fish species?

01 December 2013

The gut microbiota of patients with rheumatoid arthritis is enriched in microbes belonging to the Prevotella genus.

26 November 2013

Bacteria incorporating ancient DNA from a woolly mammoth into their genome and implications for antibiotic resistance...

30 October 2013

A new phylum of bacteria are uncovered in the human intestine...

30 October 2013

Can bacterial fingerprints reveal when and where a person died?

21 October 2013

Protein aptamers against resistance mechanisms in bacteria resensitises resistant bugs to old antibiotic agents...

21 October 2013

Using genetic techniques, scientists are screening for new drug molecules to which bacteria struggle to develop...

21 October 2013

Rapid DNA-sequencing technology can be used to identify quickly the bacteria responsible for causing an infection...

21 October 2013

New technologies that can rapidly read the DNA sequences of bacteria can be used to study how different bugs move...

21 October 2013

What is the size of the superbug problem we face, and how did antibiotic-resistant bacteria arise?

21 October 2013

Viruses called phages which can attack the Clostridium difficile - C. diff - bacterium are being developed by...

11 September 2013

Environmental campaigners are worried about a badger cull intended to restrict the spread of TB. But what can models...