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.
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Friday 12 April 2013
The terms ‘flesh-eating bacteria’ and ‘good news’ do not normally go together, but a group of researchers from the University of Oxford believe they have engineered a protein from flesh-eating bacteria that acts as a molecular ‘superglue’ and could be used to help detect cancer cells.
Tuesday 02 April 2013
If you’re reading this while eating breakfast and you happened to drop your toast on the floor, you might want to stop (eating, that is, not reading).
Wednesday 06 March 2013
Carl Woese was a biophysicist and microbiologist who uncovered the "third domain" of life, with the detection of archaea. In doing so he redrew the taxonomic tree and proved that all life on Earth is related.
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Ikea, the world’s leading flat-pack furniture retailer, has withdrawn chocolate almond cake sold in its stores in 23 countries after it was found to contain sewage bacteria.
Monday 10 December 2012
Widespread use of antibiotics in hospitals triggered the emergence of two resistant strains of the Clostridium superbug which has killed thousands of people worldwide over the past two decades, a study has shown.
Sunday 09 December 2012
Global epidemic of C. difficile that killed thousands were caused by two separate strains
Friday 16 November 2012
The meningitis bacterium lives harmlessly in the noses and throats of one in 10 people but, for reasons that are not fully understood, can erupt into a life-threatening illness that causes inflammation of the membrane around the brain – the “meninges” – and can lead to death within hours.
Wednesday 14 November 2012
If Savita Halappanavar’s condition was an obstetric emergency, as has been described, then her doctors were under a duty to do whatever was necessary to save her life, even if that meant sacrificing the life of the foetus.
Tuesday 28 August 2012
A Marmite ingredient could help doctors defeat the MRSA superbug, research suggests.
Wednesday 04 July 2012
Microbes found on seaweed could provide an unexpected weapon in the fight against tooth decay, scientists have said.
Monday 25 June 2012
The number of cases of Legionnaires' disease recorded in a deadly outbreak has risen again.
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