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Some like it hotter

microbe of the month; Many bacteria thrive in extreme conditions, writes Bernard Dixon

Scientists find new life, but not as we know it

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They can take the heat - are they in the kitchen?

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A new world under the lobster's nose

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HEALTH: They're cold and dirty

Anyone due for a medical examination would be well advised to steer clear of their doctor's stethoscope. If British doctors are anything like their US counterparts, it will probably harbour all kinds of bacteria. A study of 150 staff in a Michigan Hospital, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that while doctors and nurses regularly washed their hands, they were not so careful about their stethoscopes - almost 6 per cent said they had never been cleaned at all. Almost every stethoscope examined contained bacteria, while one in five were contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause serious

Yorkshire water bug

Yorkshire water bug

Daughter was close to death

Sally Allen's intuitive decision to check on her three-year-old daughter Nikita saved the girl from choking on her own vomit. Nikita, who has a hole in her heart, had suffered a convulsion brought on after being infected by cryptosporidium, writes Michael Prestage.

Plea to check 'infected' plant was refused

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microbe of the month: Williopsis mrakii

A beast of a yeast could banish thrush and other fungal growths, writes Bernard Dixon

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