Scientists bioengineer a cellular speedometer

An all-Princeton research team has identified bacteria that can detect the speed of flowing fluids.

Evidence of Arsenic-Breathing Microbial Life Found in Pacific Ocean

Researchers working off the coast of Mexico have discovered evidence of arsenic-breathing life in oxygen-starved waters. These resilient microbes could also be a sign of things to come under the influence of climate change.

New bacteria halts growth of superbugs

Researchers analyzing soil from Ireland have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.

Gut microbiome differs among ethnicities

Changing the gut microbiome to beat illness really does hold great potential, but first scientists must answer what constitutes a healthy gut microbiome and in whom.

8,000 new antibiotic combinations are surprisingly effective

A team of US biologists has discovered thousands of four- and five-drug combinations of antibiotics that are more effective at killing harmful bacteria than the prevailing views suggested.

Dietary elements could eliminate the need for antibiotics

US researchers report that dietary iron supplements help to survive a normally lethal bacterial infection and resulted in later generations of those bacteria being less virulent.

Researchers identify new class of antibiotics with potential to fight 'superbugs'

The research led to the identification of two synthetic retinoids, both of which demonstrated the ability to kill MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics.

Researchers propose new term for the role of microbiota

University of Louisville neurology professor Robert P. Friedland have proposed a new term "mapranosis" to describe an interaction between gut microbiota and the brain.

3-D-printed minifactories

Researchers have developed a biocompatible ink for 3-D printing using living bacteria.

Earth Microbiome Project Seeks to Map Planet’s Microbial Diversity

A new study outlines the “crazy idea” that led to a project described by one scientist as the “Google database for microbes.”

Bacterial baggage: how humans are spreading germs all over

Human travel and shipping is transporting trillions of bacteria around the globe with unexpected effects.

Microbes may reduce release of gases as Antarctic ice sheets melt

A new research reveals that a lake beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet contains large amounts of methane and describes how methane-eating microbes may keep the climate-warming gas from entering the atmosphere.

Italian Soil Yields a New Antibiotic That Can Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria

The new discovery shows promise in helping to treat the millions infected each year with antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Space-Mutated Bacteria Could Be Bad News

A new experiment shows that long-term exposure to microgravity affects bacteria at the genetic level.