Team finds paint, baby formula, and more in oysters

"We were particularly surprised to find three different brands of milk powder formula, which comprised 14% of the microdebris contaminants."

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: bacteria pollution food oceans earth-and-environment health-and-medicine plastics oysters

‘Wrap, trap, and zap’ kills superbugs in wastewater

Adding a graphene "wrap" to an exisitng "trap and zap" strategy does a better job and destroying antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater treatment.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria nanotechnology antibiotics drug-resistance health-and-medicine catalysts wastewater-treatment

14 bacteria tied to stunted growth in malnourished children

Specific bacteria in the small intestines of malnourished children play a causal role in stunted growth, a finding that could lead to better therapies.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
July 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: bacteria microbiomes malnutrition bangladesh childrens-health health-and-medicine digestive-system intestines

This coating for surfaces could prevent food poisoning

A new titanium dioxide coating "can add an additional layer of prevention to help stop the spread of foodborne contamination."

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria salmonella e-coli science-and-technology health-and-medicine coatings food-poisoning

Bedbugs alter your home’s microbiome

"There is a link between the microbiome of bedbugs and the microbiome of household dust in bedbug infested homes."

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria insects sleep microbiomes housing health-and-medicine

City bird poop holds antibiotic-resistant genes

Bird poop from gulls, ducks, and crows contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria and drug-resistance genes, find researchers.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria birds drug-resistance health-and-medicine feces

Drug-resistant bacteria lurk in sewer biofilms

The biofilms that cling to sewer walls often contain harmful, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and can withstand standard treatment to disinfect sewers, research finds.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria drug-resistance health-and-medicine biofilms wastewater-treatment

How legume ‘fertilizer factories’ make ammonium

Mapping the mechanism that lets legumes make their own ammonium fertilizer could help make agriculture more sustainable.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria agriculture plants nitrogen earth-and-environment roots fertilizer

Natural antibiotic resists ‘superbugs’

A newly discovered natural antibiotic called teixobactin may be a perfect weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA.

Cheryl Critchley-Melbourne • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 antibiotics drug-resistance health-and-medicine mrsa

Most common ocean organisms host virus in DNA

A tiny jelly-bean shaped organism—the most common in the ocean—may thrive because of an ability to host viruses in its DNA.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dna bacteria viruses oceans earth-and-environment

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