A scientific breakthrough has revealed a new way that bacteria evolves, thought to be at least 1,000 times more efficient than any currently known mechanism. Read more


Big Hero 6 may be more reality than fiction as researchers from Birmingham University aim to develop swimming microbots that mimic bacterial motion and may be able to one day perform precision tasks. Read more


This May, paper five pound notes will cease to be legal tender. And since the average fiver has at least 136 exchanges a year, we thought we’d find out how clean the new polymer notes are, so you know just what you’re putting your hands on. Read more



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Strains of E. coli resistant to one antibiotic can protect other bacteria growing nearby, according to findings by researchers at MIT Read more


Ashleigh Paparella, post-graduate researcher in the structural biology and drug design lab, at the University of Adelaide, talks about the challenges that antimicrobial resistance poses and possible ways around it Read more


A new class of vitamin-like molecules that can be used to treat life-threatening ‘golden staph’ bacteria has been discovered Read more


Deadly bacteria that is resistant to the ‘last resort’ of antibiotics, colistin, has been found in the UK, according to the BBC Read more



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Researchers have developed safeguards in the form of two “kill switches,” which can cause the synthetic bacteria to die without the presence of certain chemicals Read more


Germ warfare: Scientists create super–productive bacteria colonies that pump out useful chemicals faster than ever before using "survival of the fittest" tactics Read more