Microbes


  • Orthodontic Retainers Harbor Pathogenic Microbes
    Insufficient cleaning could allow build-up of microbes on orthodontic retainers, researchers at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute have found. Dr. Jonathan Pratten and colleagues looked at the types of microbes which live on retainers; this study, which found potentially ...More
    March 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • Gut Bacteria Can Control Organ Functions
    Bacteria in the human gut may not just be helping digest food but also could be exerting some level of control over the metabolic functions of other organs, like the liver, according to research published this week in the online journal mBio®. These findings offer new ...More
    March 1, 2011 Posted in News
  • Gene 'Relocation' is Key to Most Evolutionary Change in Bacteria
    In a new study, scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institut Pasteur show that bacteria evolve new abilities, such as antibiotic resistance, predominantly by acquiring genes from other bacteria. The researchers new insights into the evolution of bacteria partly ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Gender and Hygiene: Could Cleanliness Be Hurting Girls?
    Little girls growing up in western society are expected to be neat and tidy, and one researcher who studies science and gender differences thinks that emphasis may contribute to higher rates of certain diseases in adult women. The link between increased hygiene and ...More
    January 26, 2011 Posted in News
  • Marine Scientists Exploring New Antibiotics
    Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, or "superbugs," are on the rise, killing tens of thousands of people each year. As the critical need for new classes of antibiotics grows, scientists are looking for miracles in unexplored realms of the ocean. Marine microbes are an ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in News
  • Is Kissing Hazardous to Your Health?
    Is kissing harmful to your health? With just one kiss couples can share more than 500 different types of disease-causing bacteria and viruses, warns the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists. "Not knowing who you ...More
    January 19, 2011 Posted in News
  • Gut Microbes Regulate Genes That Control Obesity and Inflammation
    If you are looking to lose weight in the coming year, you may need help from an unexpected place: the bacteria in your gut. That's because scientists have discovered that the bacteria living in your intestines may play a far more significant role in weight loss and ...More
    January 13, 2011 Posted in News
  • Can Predatory Bacteria Succeed Where Antibiotics Fail?
    There are predators in the bacterial world that consume other bacteria, much as predators attack prey in the animal world. A team led by researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Dental School suggests that some of these predator ...More
    January 12, 2011 Posted in News
  • 'Good Clostridia' in the Gut Protect from Allergy and Autoimmunity
    Scientists at the University of Tokyo have discovered that specific gut-dwelling bacteria control key immune cells that combat allergies and autoimmune diseases. The paper describing these findings was published in today's issue of the journal Science, and technology ...More
    December 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Life On and In Humans Orchestrates Health and Disease
    A mounting tide of scientific evidence suggests that the old adage from Aesop's fables — "You are known by the company you keep" — also applies to the trillions of microscopic bacteria and viruses that live on the human body. Humanity's invisible but constant companions — ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News