bacteria

  • Love is in your guts
    Posted in: 2017, NSW

    If you’ve ever had a gut feeling about a relationship, there may be more science behind it than you realise. A recent study in fruit flies has shown that the bacteria in their guts may impact who they choose to mate with, as well as the number and health of their children. Macquarie University’s Dr […]

  • Pneumonia bug distracts immune system
    Posted in: 2016, NSW

    A Sydney researcher has discovered a common, pneumonia-causing bacterium can shed living proteins, and may use this ability as a defence against our immune system. “The process is called cleavage,” says Michael Widjaja of the University of Technology, Sydney. “Bacteria use it to multiply their defences, effectively increasing the number of targets that our immune […]

  • A window on Earth’s first life forms: finding more stromatolites
    Posted in: 2016, WA

    Stromatolites have been discovered beyond the well-researched south-east corner of Hamelin Pool, in Shark Bay Western Australia, according to a researcher from Bush Heritage. Erica Suosaari donned a wetsuit and spent three years being dragged behind a boat to investigate the entire pool for the first time. She found stromatolites around almost the entire 135km […]

  • Tasty food stops bacteria from eating metal
    Posted in: 2016, Vic

    Swinburne University researchers have discovered that well-fed bacteria won’t damage ships hulls. By giving bacteria tasty food, in the form of different chemicals, Muhammad Awais Javed is distracting bacteria from eating metal and other surfaces. Bacteria are well known for the risk they pose to human health. But they also pose a risk to inanimate materials, […]