Tagged: microbes

Microbes aren’t the enemy, they’re a big part of who we are - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 05, 2017

Amy Loughman, Associate Lecturer, Industry Fellow, RMIT University and Tarsh Bates, PhD candidate, University of Western Australia We have long believed that “good” immune cells recognise and defend against “bad” invaders. That’s why a large proportion of medicine has been directed at killing microbial enemies and conquering microbial infections. This militaristic understanding of immunity reflected the … Read More

Evidence of ancient life in hot springs on Earth could point to fossil life on Mars - Guest Work

Guest Work May 11, 2017

By Tara Djokic, UNSW Fossil evidence of early life has been found in old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara, Western Australia, that date back almost 3.48 billion years. This extends the known evidence of life at land-based hot springs on Earth by about 3 billion years. Not only is the find exciting for what it might … Read More

Hannibal, Yellowstone and dinosaurs with malaria – weird microbes - Pointing At Science

Steve Pointing Apr 06, 2016

Today on my Dear Science show on 95.0 bFM radio we have a special feature on weird microbiology stories that are making the headlines this week.  You can listen to the podcast here. Poo microbes reveal Hannibal’s route over the Alps Source: Wikimedia Let’s start with a history lesson: Hannibal was Commander in … Read More

Monday Micro: feminine beer?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 04, 2016

When I first saw news of this beer shared on social media, I thought it was an early April fool’s gag. But it appears not to be. Someone really is trying to crowdfund a beverage made with vaginal bacteria. If you haven’t watched the video, ‘The Order of Yoni’* are selling the idea that you can … Read More

Monday Micro – artificial sweeteners & a dose of bad science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 22, 2014

“Sugarcubes” by Pallbo – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. There has been quite a bit of coverage of a recent Nature paper reporting a link between artificial sweeteners and high blood glucose levels (1) – an important finding if true, as high blood glucose levels are … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #3 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Apr 11, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. The Royals are probably celebrating on Macquarie now that it is pest free.   1. The definite hoorah moment this week was hearing the news that Macquarie Island (the Australian subAntarctic island south of New Zealand) is now … Read More

Astrosquid! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 27, 2013

What is the value of blue-skies research? This is a question often asked by politicians and the public. Why should public money be spent funding science that seems to have no obvious benefit beyond generating scientific knowledge? The simple answer is that it can be almost impossible to predict what new avenues that scientific knowledge will open up. Take … Read More

Monday Micro – roller derby micro! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 18, 2013

There were a smorgasbord of micro stories to choose from this week, but how could I pass up a story which combines microbes, open access and gorgeous women on roller skates?! James Meadow and colleagues, from the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon, have just published a paper looking at the … Read More

Monday Micro – extremophiles & 50 shades of … immunity! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 11, 2013

In last week’s Monday Micro I mentioned horizontal gene transfer (HGT), the process by which bacteria acquire new genes from other microbes in their environment. HGT is one of the primary ways that genes for antibiotic resistance are able to spread between different bacteria. It is also how plenty of bacteria pick up genes for things … Read More

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