Captive apes’ gut microbiomes are a lot like some people’s

The gut microbiomes of apes living in captivity resemble those of some people more than they resemble apes living in the wild.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University
April 2, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment apes chimpanzees conservation endangered-species gut-bacteria

To stop TB bacteria, cut off their iron supply

Researchers may have found a new way to stop the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. It could lead to new drugs to fight the disease.

U. Zurich
April 2, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria drug-development iron tuberculosis

Solid food too soon can change baby gut bacteria

Feeding babies solid food too early may change their gut bacteria in ways that can lead to health risks later.

Barbara Benham-Johns Hopkins
April 1, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine babies body-weight breastfeeding food gut-bacteria

Tuberculosis molecule has a big weird pocket

A big pocket in a tuberculosis molecule is a mystery. "We've never seen anything like this before. It doesn't really make sense."

Nathan Collins-Stanford
March 27, 2020 | futurity

~8 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria imaging-technology proteins tuberculosis

Bacteria used CRISPR way before humans did

"We humans have only recently begun to exploit nature's CRISPR-Cas systems, but as it turns out, we are not the first."

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology antibiotics bacteria competition drug-resistance genetic-engineering immune-systems parasites

Tiny device detects harmful bacteria in blood

A tiny device that detects bacteria in blood could help diagnose and fight deadly infections, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
March 23, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria blood drug-resistance e-coli infections

Light-up bacteria fend off competitors to live inside this squid

New research sheds light on the genetic mechanisms behind how bioluminescent bacteria compete to live symbiotically with the Hawaiian bobtail squid.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State
March 20, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria light squid symbiosis

How soap works to keep you healthy

You know that washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent infections with bacteria and viruses. But how does soap work?

Carol Clark-Emory
March 19, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: featured health-and-medicine bacteria covid-19 drug-resistance skin viruses

Bacteria build biofilms like people build cities

The growth of bacteria colonies called biofilms is actually a lot like the way human cities grow, researchers have found.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn
March 16, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria biofilms cities

Bleach not vinegar: How to clean to kill coronavirus

Here's what you need to know to clean to kill the coronavirus behind COVID-19. Now's not the time for the natural stuff, say experts.

Neal Buccino-Rutgers
March 16, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: featured health-and-medicine bacteria covid-19 viruses

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