E.coli

Body, heal thyself

The frontier of science is looking inward to fix what ails us.<p>Ever since a savanna dweller first slapped mud on a wound to ward off flies—and infection—our frail human bodies have relied on creative intervention to survive. Science has since come up with all manner of potions and procedures (from …

Science

Gut fungi might be linked to obesity and inflammatory bowel disorders

Fungi may affect gut health in unexpected ways, new research suggests.<p>High-fat diets may alter relationships between bacteria and fungi in mice’s …

Microbiome

This gene-edited skin can detect its own glucose levels

"Constant finger pricks" to test blood for glucose levels is an annoying but essential fact of a diabetic's life, said Antonio Regalado at <i>Technology</i> …

Diabetes

Vermont processor issues voluntary recall of beef

A Vermont beef processer is voluntarily recalling a batch of beef that was the probable source of two cases of E. coli.<p>Federal food safety officials …

Business

This soy nut butter caused a 12-state E. coli outbreak, yet you can still find it for sale

Peanut butter substitute I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter caused an E. coli outbreak last winter that touched 12 states, including Florida, and caused …

Lifestyle

Microbes in our homes: Dangerous or not?

The amount of microbes that share our living spaces might come as a surprise to many. But the key question is, are they bad for our health?<p>When it …

Microbiome

The E in E. coli now stands for electronics | Ars Technica

An engineered gene control circuit allows the bacteria to form a template for metal.<p>Synthetic biology—our attempt to engineer living organisms—has …

Biology

Model predicts how E. coli bacteria adapt under stress

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a genome-scale model that can accurately predict how E. coli bacteria respond to …

Biology

Could UTIs be triggered by eating chicken?

Scientists may have found a possible link.<p>Anyone who has ever suffered from a urinary tract infections (UTI) will tell you how painful and unpleasant …

Medicine

Could Eating Poultry Raise Your Risk of UTIs?

The poultry products you buy at the grocery store may be a source of bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) in people, a new study …

Science

US company aims to develop breast milk products for adults: Report

SINGAPORE: A Silicon Valley startup wants to isolate the sugars that make breast milk unique, and turn these sugars into a product for infants and …

Breast Feeding

Waterkeeper urges city to test Toronto inner harbour water quality

Group’s summer sampling program found water quality varies within harbour

Canadian News

Using Artificial Intelligence to Spot Hospitals’ Silent Killer

Barbara, a 52-year-old woman, appears one morning at a Baltimore hospital emergency room complaining of a sore foot. After the EMS physicians examine …

Medicine

Scientists just made corn more like meat

US SCIENTISTS have found a way to genetically engineer corn to produce an amino acid contained in meat, boosting the nutritional value of one of the …

Biology

Is that water drinkable? Fast test may hold the answer | Ars Technica

Doped ink spills E. coli’s guts, glows in the presence of the bloody aftermath.<p>Detecting the agents of disease is often really hard. Imagine that you …

Biology

Why is it so hard to track the source of a food poisoning outbreak?

<i>Get the best of the Magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your Inbox every Sunday. Sign up here.</i><p>THE YOUNG MAN in the darkened …

Boston

Genetically Modified Skin Graft Works as Built-In Glucose Meter

Easy to use finger prick glucometers have helped diabetics to manage their disease and continuous glucose monitors that stay on the body for days at …

Biology

Long-lasting flu vaccine may only take one jab per decade

Getting a flu shot is an unpleasant annual routine for many people, but the virus' tendency to constantly evolve makes it a necessity. Now …

Science

Microbes Might Paint Your Next Party Dress

The official “fashion month,” September, has just finished its colorful parade through the world’s style capitals. Clad in pink blazers and royal …

Biology

Hibernating ribosomes help bacteria survive

SLU Scientist: Disrupting staph's naps may lead to new antibiotics<p>ST. LOUIS -- In the second of two high-profile articles published in recent weeks, …

Biology

Programmed bacteria build working electronic sensor

<b>US engineers alter behaviour of programmed cells so that they build a 3D hybrid organic-metallic pressure sensor</b>The possibility of growing electronic …

Engineering

New Method Evaluates Antibiotics Based on the Tiny Vibrations of Dying Microbes

The NIST-developed technique could greatly speed up the process of diagnosing infections.<p>Researchers have devised a way of classifying bacteria based on how it vibrates, according to a paper published in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The technique, which relies on ultrasensitive piezoelectric sensors, makes …

Medicine

Using your phone in the bathroom could make you sick

Infections lurk everywhere.

Philadelphia

Bacteria Can Be Programmed to Assemble Structures from Gold Particles

Bacterial colonies programmed with synthetic genes can assemble microscopic particles of gold into useful devices such as sensors, a new study …

Biology

Poop and germs are everywhere: Here’s how to avoid getting sick

Everyone hates getting sick, but while most of us blame a sniffly colleague or that guy on the bus who didn’t cover his mouth when he coughed …

Lifestyle

Strange Quantum Particles Could Be Our Next Weapon Against Superbugs

Light-activated medicine.<p>A new study shows that quantum dots, controlled with specific wavelengths of light, can lure superbug infections like <i>E. coli</i> …

Science

Drug-resistant E. coli figured in death of Playboy founder

A week before the Sept. 27 death of Hugh M. Hefner from cardiac arrest and respiratory failure, the 91-year old Playboy founder was battling the …

Medicine

Scientists develop a special material which disinfects itself

The material will help to combat the 300,000 hospital-acquired infections which occur every year.<p>A new self-disinfecting device has been developed by …

Medicine

The reason you get sick after a flight isn't the dirty cabin air

But why is that? What do we get sick after taking a long flight?<p><b>GALLERY: 14 insider facts most airline workers know — and you probably don't</b> …

Aviation

Knotty problems in DNA

If you've ever tried to untangle a pair of earbuds, you'll understand how loops and cords can get twisted up. DNA can get tangled in the same way, …

Biology