Coalition of leading scientists claim ferret experiments could lead to a pandemic
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Sunday 08 December 2013
New research into the “deep biosphere” indicates that the first replicating life-forms on the planet may have originated deep underground
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.
3.5 billion-year-old 'horribly smelly' fossil found in Australia is 'oldest ever complete example of life on Earth'
Thursday 14 November 2013
Researchers claim purple and green fossils would have smelt strongly of rotting eggs
Every little helps Nadhim Zahawi: MP who claimed most on energy bills also received 31p for paperclips
Monday 11 November 2013
As details emerge of full extent of Stratford MP’s claims, he apologises for ‘mistake’ making taxpayer foot bill to heat his stables
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
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.
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 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
Thursday 11 July 2013
Synthetic biology could be used to create lethal strains of microbes or to 'weaponise' viruses
Friday 05 July 2013
The far-future Earth will be very hostile to life, says expert
Sunday 30 June 2013
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) was warned more than a decade ago that meat from cows showing symptoms of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) should be heat treated to safeguard consumers from the risk of infection.
It's the day (and night) of the Triffids! Research reveals that plants use complicated calculations to regulate their energy reserves
Sunday 23 June 2013
Putting anyone who has woken up at night to polish off the remaining goodies in their fridge to shame, new research shows that plants use maths to stave off hunger until the morning.
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.
Sunday 17 March 2013
Bacteria discovered in Mariana Trench, a gigantic chasm in the seabed which is big enough to swallow Mount Everest entirely
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.
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
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
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
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