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Our Last Line Of Defence Against Gonorrhoea Is Failing

Health officials in the US have identified a cluster of gonorrhoea infections that exhibited unusual resistance against the last two main antibiotics known to work against the dreaded sexually transmitted disease.

This New Gadget Could Detect Food Contamination in Minutes

When an outbreak of food poisoning hits, we trace our culinary steps backwards in an attempt to untangle the cause, hopefully before it can hit again. But a new sensor could radically change all that.

Watch As Bacteria Evolve Antibiotic Resistance In A Gigantic Petri Dish

By building a gigantic petri dish, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have produced a jaw-dropping visualisation showing bacteria as it mutates to become resistant to drugs.

A Vaccine For Flesh-Eating Bacteria Is Now In Sight

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have taken a significant step forward in the effort to develop a vaccine against the bacteria responsible for strep throat, toxic shock syndrome and flesh-eating disease.

The Gunk Inside Our Noses Is Being Used To Produce The Next Great Antibiotic

Scientists have discovered a microbe in the human nose that produces an antibiotic lethal to the MRSA superbug, among others. The discovery could lead to powerful new therapies to treat problematic bacterial infections, while also demonstrating the potential for the human body to produce bug-killing compounds.

These Microbots Steer Using Electricity And The Bacteria That Causes Urinary Tract Infections

Credit: Drexel University

Because the world keeps getting more bizarre, it turns out that the best way to get these microbots to navigate around obstacles is to smear them with the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections and send them through an electrical grid.

9 Types Of Bacteria You Didn't Know You're Sharing Your House With

We all know that the homes we believe belong to us are actually varied landscapes in which billions of creatures live, but we usually try not to think about our microbial roommates. Find out why your bathroom is the ultimate bacteria battleground, and why cleaning it can sometimes make it worse.

You Can Contract Fatal Bacteria Just By Sniffing

James St. John, a lead researcher on the study. Image: EurekaAlert

Everything is dangerous. Sitting too much is bad, washing machines are infestation sites for E. coli and now the simple act of sniffing can infect you with a bacteria that has a 50 per cent chance of killing you.

A Doctor Who Dalek Is Helping Exterminate Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

A Dalek standing in the foyer of the BBC’s broadcasting building in London was recently found to contain an interesting compound that could be used to solve an ongoing medical crisis.

Living Bacteria Can Now Store Data

Using the CRISPR gene-editing tool, scientists from Harvard University have developed a technique that permanently records data into living cells. Incredibly, the information imprinted onto these microorganisms can be passed down to the next generation.

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