Why are bacteria all about the same size?

"Everywhere we see bacteria, they more or less have the same sizes and shapes." A new theory explains why.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer bacteria science-and-technology

Why are bacteria all about the same size?

"Everywhere we see bacteria, they more or less have the same sizes and shapes." A new theory explains why.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer bacteria science-and-technology

How to do your laundry and not get sick

Does your laundry carry germs that can make you sick? Experts dig into how you can safely tackle the dirty job.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
Oct. 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 viruses fabric featured health-and-medicine clothing hygiene

How ants and bacteria teamed up to become one life form

New insights into how ants and bacteria became a single organism may lead to a better understanding of the origin of complex organisms, researchers report.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution bacteria ants science-and-technology symbiosis

Toddler’s Shiga-toxin E. coli infection holds pathogen clues

The findings from a toddler’s severe infection with Shiga-toxin E. coli could help identify genetic markers and potential vaccines for the increasingly common pathogen.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria genes e-coli health-and-medicine food-poisoning

‘Whack-a-mole’ shows evolution doesn’t go for perfection

"It seems that evolution is myopic. It focuses on the most immediate problem, puts a Band-Aid on, and then it moves on to the next problem..."

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution bacteria e-coli science-and-technology

‘Sluggish’ immune response may explain more severe COVID-19

The way our immune systems react to COVID-19 could crack one of the pandemic's greatest mysteries: Why do some people get so sick while others don't?

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 health-and-medicine immune-systems

Bacterial cells sacrifice themselves to protect the swarm

In the face of antibiotics, some bacterial cells use "necrosignaling" to warn their comrades and give them enough time to adapt.

Esther Robards-Forbes - UT Austin • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria antibiotics drug-resistance health-and-medicine

Europe’s first syphilis outbreak may predate Columbus’ voyage

A major hypothesis holds that Christopher Columbus and his crew brought syphilis back to Europe. But new evidence suggests it was already there.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria history featured health-and-medicine syphilis

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

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