Mitarai Namiko Receives Japan’s Young Scientists’ Prize

Professor Mitarai Namiko has won Japan's Young Scientists' Prize for her work bridging statistical physics in materials and biological systems.

Will Wolbachia Work? Model Says Yes

Introducing Wolbachia bacteria into the dengue-carrying mosquito population could reduce the number of dengue infections, especially in high transmission settings.

Bacteria Could Help Clean Up Radioactive Soil

A highly acidic protein from salt-loving bacteria could be used to remove radioactive cesium from contaminated soil.

“Selfish” Gut Bacteria Steal From Yeast

Feeding the beneficial gut bacteria Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron could help alleviate inflammatory bowel disease.

Bacteria Can Make Terpenes Too

A genetic study has revealed that many bacteria possess the enzymes required for the synthesis of terpenes, a main component of essential oils.

Adaptability, The Achilles Heel Of Gut Bacteria

The ability to switch between oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor environments could also be the downfall of gut bacteria.

DNA Structure Aids Bacterial Survival

Scientists have found that bacterial DNA switches to a more compact form to survive under dry conditions.

Drug-Resistant Bugs Surge During Pilgrimage Season

Scientists have detected a 20-fold increase in drug-resistant bacteria in South Asian waters during pilgrimage season.

Molecular Methods To Track Super-Resistant Gonorrhea

Scientists say that their new molecular approach will enhance the ability to track and contain the spread of drug-resistant gonorrhea.