High levels of faecal coliform bacteria were found on the ice
Hand dryer company says new study that questions product's hygiene implications is 'misleading' and was conducted under 'artificial conditions' - a claim disputed by the researchers
Experts have asked whether the new find could be an answer to managing plastic waste in the environment
'When you have all these microbes on your skin, most of them are potentially beneficial, or at least benign'
Single-celled organisms found to use electrical signals to communicate like human nerve cells
The researchers have now started injecting the bacteria into themselves — and say that it has stopped them getting the flu and has made them much more alive
Black rats are also implicated in both outbreaks, which took place 800 years apart
Study suggests the human sense of smell can detect when a person's immune system is fighting an illness
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.
What kind of cheese do you think you would make?
Scientist say household bleach could be used to fight signs of ageing as well as heal radiation dermatitis and sunburn
Tests show that drug is effective against the same kind of chronic bacterial infections that have killed hospital patients
Findings of research on mice could mean re-colonising obese people's guts with healthy, lean-triggering bacteria could help them lose weight
Google is commemorating the achievements of the scientist Julius Richard Petri today with a Google Doodle that shows his invention - the Petri dish - in action.
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).
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.