Posts Tagged: bacteria

Phage Therapy: Antibiotic’s Spiritual Successor

Phage Therapy: Antibiotic’s Spiritual Successor

Traditionally, bacterial infections are met with routine antibiotics. As long as the patient follows the directions on the bottle, symptoms resolve, right? Not anymore. The emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains, or “super bugs,” has already rendered some diseases untreatable by standard prescriptions. A report from the World Health Organization in September sounded the alarm: due to… Read more

Bacteria Harvest Light for Energy

Bacteria Harvest Light for Energy

Researchers are investigating alternative sources of energy to replace conventional fossil fuels. One highly-talked about method is the creation of artificial photosynthetic systems. Similar to how plants use sunlight to produce carbohydrates, these processes use sunlight to synthesize renewable energy and chemical products usually made from fossil fuels and plastics. Kesley Sakimoto Ph.D and Peidong… Read more

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and Tampons

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and Tampons

Menstrual cycles, known more commonly as periods, are a part of the lives of half of the population of the world. It’s a natural process that has created a requirement for feminine sanitary products. It would be very difficult to handle daily activities in those days without these products. But, there are health concerns associated… Read more

FDA Bans Certain Chemicals in Antibacterial Soaps

FDA Bans Certain Chemicals in Antibacterial Soaps

How Effective Are Antibacterial Soaps? Many liquid soaps available at the store these days are labeled as “antibacterial”. This label ensures the buyer that they will kill germs and prevent the spread of diseases.  However, the effectiveness of these soaps is being questioned. Several scientific studies have been conducted regarding the safety of the chemicals… Read more

Cutting through Biofilm

Cutting through Biofilm

What is a Biofilm? When bacteria forms a large enough colony, a thin layer of an adhesive coating forms, causing the individual microorganisms to stick to one another. This protective layer is referred to as a biofilm, which renders bacteria more resistant to treatment. Biofilms consist of varying combinations of extracellular DNA, proteins, and polysaccharides…. Read more

Antibiotic-Resistant Aeromonas in the North Channel Chicago River

Antibiotic-Resistant Aeromonas in the North Channel Chicago River

With the sweltering, hot summer in the middle of July, there are children and adults who are running into the waters looking for a refreshing way to cool down especially in the city of Chicago. However, before we dive right in, there is a peculiar thing in those waters. No, it is not a rubber ducky… Read more

New Research Finds Pill Could Combat Cavities

New Research Finds Pill Could Combat Cavities

Researchers at the University of Florida Health in the College of Dentistry have been working on groundbreaking research centered on bacteria and cavities. The environment of the mouth typically has a neutral pH, but when the pH deviates toward the lower end of the scale dental cavities can develop. In other words, when the environment in the… Read more

Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Eat Non-Biodegradable Plastic

Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Eat Non-Biodegradable Plastic

When you drop a plastic bottle, it is easy to be grateful for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the hard plastic that keeps it from shattering. PET is commonly used in disposable water bottles, food containers, and even clothes (the former two commonly marked with a ‘1’ inside of a triangle). Worldwide we use over 300 million tons… Read more

The Iceman’s Strain of H. Pylori

The Iceman’s Strain of H. Pylori

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a devious bacterium present in roughly half of the population. This gut microbe is infamous for causing ulcers, cancer, and gastritis. However, what this bacterium does may not be all bad. Evidence has emerged that H. pylori can help defend the human body from asthma, allergies, and acid reflux. Based on the abundance… Read more

Utilizing Deep-Sea Bacteria to Neutralize Carbon Dioxide

Utilizing Deep-Sea Bacteria to Neutralize Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase decade after decade, contributing to the buildup of atmospheric greenhouse gases. However, there is a way that carbon dioxide can be captured and neutralized through a process called sequestration. It can be captured either from the atmosphere or from large-scale stationary sources before its release into the atmosphere. Most atmospheric… Read more