As if a good meal, a little relaxation, and family together weren't enough, here's another reason to be thankful for that bird on your table this coming Thanksgiving. The turkey commonly plays host to a particularly "good" bacteria - one that could create a potentially life-saving antibiotic.
Bacteria have existed on the planet for quite some time, a lot longer than animals. It is because of their sophisticated arsenal that they have been able to live in this harsh world for this long. And recognizing their unique and effective warfare, some animals have chosen to steel bacteria's defense mechanisms, according to a new study.
With antibiotic resistance becoming ever more common among bacteria, researchers are pursuing new ways to help fight potential infections. Now, a team of experts says they have identified the mechanism behind the mobility of some bacteria, allowing them to look into ways to literally cripple these dangerous bugs.
With experts worrying that global food shortage may soon become an issue due to an unsustainable human population, they are trying to come up with a possible solution. But new research shows that we may not have to worry after all - as long as we're okay eating bacterial slime and bugs instead of a Big Mac and fries.
You've likely heard of "good" bacteria in the human gut - the little guys that live in balanced communities and constantly keep one another in check, as well as keep invaders out. However, could the same hold true for viruses? In a new study, researchers investigate this question.
For the last several years, large oyster hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest were thought to be facing massive declines due to infections of the bacteria Vibrio tubiashii. Now researchers are saying that experts may have framed the wrong guy, with the real bacterial killer still on the loose.
Necking, snogging, or sucking face, call it whatever you want but regardless, kissing (for 10 seconds) doesn't just swap spit, but also up to 80 million bacteria, a new study shows.
Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria pose a very real threat to the world, one that a highly concerned World Health Organization has kept in its radar for years. Now a team of researchers has identified a new natural antibiotic in horse dung-dwelling fungus, offering up secrets that might help us avoid or at least understand an encroaching AMR world crisis.
Even as US companies and agencies continue to turn away from the deadly pesticides that left local bee populations despondently low, a natural factor is still making recovery earned. Now researchers behind a new study say that they discovered a nature-made solution to this natural problem.
No, the gut won't be defending the virtues of some microbes with impassioned speeches of grumblings and gurgles. However, when a person grows sick, the gut will still fight to support the good microbial community that helps keep its digestive processes regulated and infection-free.
Weevils are pests that have a destructive appetite for grain crops, namely rice, wheat, and maize - crops that can be found at all major corners of the world. However, tearing through food supplies alone is not what makes them seem evil. It's how they "thank" their allies that makes you think, "that's one nasty bug."
Researchers have determined that a very specific species of gut bacteria coupled with a high-fat diet may cause animals to gain weight, causing experts to wonder if it can seriously impact weight loss efforts.
We all know that certain vitamins, washes, and levels of sun exposure can help maintain your skin's healthy glow, but what about bacteria? Researchers from AOBiome LLC recently tested the theory using specific bacteria as an unusual and little considered skin therapy, and they reported some promising results.
A bacterial "communication system" could be used to stop cancer from spreading, and even kill the malignant cells on command, according to new research.