The Wonderful World of Bacteriophages

These may be our hidden weapon against antibiotic resistance in the near future.

Elite athletes may owe some of their peak performance to unique gut microbes

And some scientists think that we could one day gain access to these probiotics.

Researchers, at long last, develop effective tool to study soil-borne microbes

Surprisingly, it was easier for us to go to the Moon than to develop such a tool.

Phages in kitchen sponges could help us wipe antibiotic resistant bacteria clean off

Kitchen sponges are crawling with bacteria. Turns out that’s a good thing.

Researchers film bacteria sharing antibiotic resistance in real time — and find a potential fix

How can bacteria produce proteins when faced with a protein-production-impairing drug? We found out.

Study proposes five new rules to prevent antibiotic resistance “disaster”

Appear weak where you are strong. Appear strong where you are weak. Show “humility in the face of natural selection.”

Bacteria steal genetic material from predator viruses using Spam gene

This could help us keep dangerous viruses at bay.

There are arsenic-breathing microbes in the tropical Pacific, a new study finds

Oxygen? In this economy?! Pffff.

Our immune systems may actually help create cavities, a new study finds

Is this mutiny?!

The International Space Station is teeming with bacteria and fungi

Step 1: live on hairless primate.
Step 2: wait for said primate to go to space.
Step 3: PROFIT!

Scientists present first computer-generated artificial genome

Synthetic life isn’t a paradox anymore.

Researchers develop way to trap and study bacteria so we can fight disease and antibiotic resistance

Shhh! I’m hunting bactewwia!

Treated wastewater could release antibiotic-resistance genes into the wild

Uh-oh.

Slightly-tweaked microbe could create plastics from a common plant waste material

Lignin’ on a dream!

Bacteria might become a natural, toxin-free alternative to pesticides

Biopesticides could protect crops against diseases without the typical downsides of synthetic chemicals.

Over 100 new species of bacteria discovered in your gut

I had a gut feeling they would.

Irish dirt might cure the world of (most) multi-drug-resistant bacteria

Dirt me uuuuupppp.

There’s a massive ecosystem of ‘deep life’ right beneath our feet

The staggering biosphere living inside the crust is twice the size of that living in the oceans.

Purple bacteria turns sewage waste into clean energy

We’re flushing valuable untapped energy down the toilet.

Sunlight kills indoor germs almost as well as UV rays

Pull the drapes and enjoy free home sanitation, courtesy of the sun.