Now we know how some bacteria ‘eat’ electricity to survive

Scientists have been curious about how bacteria that survive on electricity actually make the process happen. Now we know.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology bacteria electricity electrons

Gut bacteria strain cuts inflammation in babies

Giving babies one strain of gut bacteria could reduce intestinal inflammation by 55 fold compared to giving babies breastmilk alone.

Nadine Yehya - UC Davis | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine babies gut-bacteria inflammation intestines

Bird bacteria works like a come-on to other birds

"The odors produced by birds are unique to them... Alter that bacteria and the bird could be less attractive to potential mates."

Jessi Adler-Michigan State | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria birds communication mating odor

Test gauges the strength of microbe exoskeletons

Scooping the guts out of bacteria and refilling the exoskeletons with an expansive fluid reveals if whether a microbe is structurally strong or weak.

Tom Abate-Stanford | Oct. 25, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria hydrogels microbes microbiomes microscopes

Half of raw food for dogs contains drug-resistant bacteria

Raw food for dogs contain drug-resistant bacteria, research finds. And those nasty bugs can go from pup to person.

U. Zurich | Oct. 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria dogs drug-resistance meat pets

Sorry, Darwin, but bacteria don’t compete to survive

Bacteria buck Charles Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" and instead work together to lift up the weakest in their group to boost survival.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria biofilms charles-darwin competition cooperation

Certain gut bacteria may prevent rotavirus infection

New research may explain why rotavirus causes severe, life-threatening disease in some people and only mild disease in others.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine gut-bacteria microbiomes rotavirus viruses

Could gut bacteria neutralize our American diets?

A strain of human gut bacteria can turn a chemical in processed food into harmless byproducts, research with mice shows.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria food gut-bacteria microbiomes

Graphene filter grabs bacteria to kill them with a zap

A new graphene filter grabs bacteria from the air and kills them with a bit of heat from electricity. The advance could help fight drug resistance.

Mike Williams-Rice | Oct. 8, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria drug-resistance graphene materials-science nanotechnology

How bacteria trigger their defenses against invaders

A new discovery sheds light on a kind of bacterial "immune system" that defends microbes from attack and could be key to fighting disease in the future.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen | Oct. 2, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria immune-systems viruses

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