Black rats are also implicated in both outbreaks, which took place 800 years apart
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Monday 27 January 2014
Study suggests the human sense of smell can detect when a person's immune system is fighting an illness
Tuesday 21 January 2014
If you go down to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise – especially if you have dogs.
Tuesday 21 January 2014
Signs are to be put up in the New Forest warning dog owners about the outbreak of a mystery disease which has killed 17 dogs in the United Kingdom.
Thursday 09 January 2014
An investigation found Fonterra’s bacteria warning was a false alarm
Saturday 07 December 2013
Each person is teeming with bacteria, and we have a lot of viruses, too. A lot of the bacteria that live on and in our bodies can cause disease even if they aren't causing problems at the moment (for instance, E coli in the gut). So, no way. If each person lived in isolation for a year they'd still come out teeming with germs. But maybe it would theoretically wipe out some certain pathogen – I can't think of any, though. We actually need our bacteria, a lot of what goes on is a symbiotic relationship.
Friday 22 November 2013
What kind of cheese do you think you would make?
Monday 18 November 2013
Scientist say household bleach could be used to fight signs of ageing as well as heal radiation dermatitis and sunburn
Wednesday 13 November 2013
Tests show that drug is effective against the same kind of chronic bacterial infections that have killed hospital patients
Preventing flu: Scientists find bacteria in Japanese pickled turnips which could boost immune system
Wednesday 06 November 2013
Study on mice in Japan has led to start of promising human trials using new probiotic drink
Monday 07 October 2013
J. Craig Venter says the next revolution in genetics will come from synthetic biology, as we learn to design and 'print' organisms with computers
Filthy lucre: Bank of England's new plastic notes provide ideal environment for nature's nastiest bacteria
Friday 13 September 2013
Filthy lucre just got a new meaning. Plastic notes of the type chosen this week by the Bank of England as the next generation of paper money have been found by researchers to be the host of choice for some of nature’s nastiest bacteria.
Monday 09 September 2013
An “artificial nose” that could save lives by swiftly sniffing out blood-poisoning bacteria has been developed by scientists.
Thursday 05 September 2013
Findings of research on mice could mean re-colonising obese people's guts with healthy, lean-triggering bacteria could help them lose weight
Monday 05 August 2013
Diary product giant announced last week that some products may contain contaminated whey-protein concentrate
Monday 15 July 2013
A team in the US reveals how they were able to sequence the genetic code of 201 microbes for the first time
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
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