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Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Help Alleviate Pollution

A newly-discovered bacterial species might be the solution to pollution: it has the ability to consume a commonly-used plastic completely. The paper is published in Science. The newly-found microbe named Ideonella sakaiensis has been spotted in samples of soil from Japan. It has also been located in wastewater and recycling plant sludge. It is able

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What Does Zika Virus Look Like? Find Out In New Study!

We have been hearing a lot of the Zika virus lately, but do we really know what it looks like? A new research published in Science provides answers. As a matter of fact, we did not know what it looks like — until now, that is. A new report authored by researchers from the Purdue University’s Institute

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Gut Bacteria Change How Your Mind Works!

Gut bacteria – those useful, good little guys that live inside and on you — have the capacity to change how your mind works! This is what is increasingly being pointed out by new research. The human body works in concert with its gut microbiota that assists it in processes like digestion and protection from infections. These

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Microorganism Uses ‘Human’ Immune System Strategies

A microorganism – a social amoeba – using ‘human’ immune system strategies has been documented in a new paper published in Nature Communications. Two immune system strategies that have hitherto been documented in humans and higher animals only have now been discovered in a social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum, a unicellular organism thriving in the soils

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Hermaphrodites Reproducing Without Males Have Shorter Lifespans

Hermaphrodite nematodes reproducing without the assistance of males have been shown to have shorter lifespans, says a new study published in The American Naturalist. Being a hermaphrodite might have its perks — you don’t need a mate to mate — but, it also decreases lifespan. The new study focuses on Pristionchus nematodes which include species

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Disrupted Sleep Patterns, Mood, & Depression Are Biologically Linked

We must have all noticed how we can get cranky when we have not had a good night’s sleep. This apparent link has, however, not been fully explained in scientific terms: the biology behind the pattern as to the molecular links has otherwise remained a mystery. Until now. A new study, published in the Proceedings

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Zika Virus Linked With Stillbirth & Tissue Damage in Foetus

Zika virus might be linked with stillbirth, according to a new report published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. A woman from Brazil who was infected with the Zika virus is said to have given birth to a stillborn baby. The latter also showed signs of other complications. Given the current concerns relating to the

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Cyanobacteria Can See Like Humans!

In an attempt to determine how bacteria “see” their environment, a team of scientists from the UK and Germany have found that they do so in a similar manner to us. The microorganisms can perceive light and respond to it by using the same principle governing the function of the human eye lens. The paper

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The Food We Consume Affects Our Genes

The food we eat might be affecting us at the genetic level. A new study focusing on yeast suggests that most of our genes could be influenced by what we consume. The paper is published in the journal Nature Microbiology. Yeast as model The researchers worked on yeast which is used as a model for

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Antarctic Fungi Survive on Martian Conditions on ISS For 18 Months

Tiny fungi taken from Antarctic rocks were sent to the International Space Station where the conditions were similar to those on planet Mars a while back. Now, 18 months later, over 60 % of the cells are intact with stable DNA. The paper is published in Astrobiology. Can life be sustained under the conditions of

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What is Zika Virus? Everything You Need To Know

What is the Zika Virus? Zika virus, a mosquito-borne flavivirus, causes mild illness in humans called Zika fever, or commonly known as Zika. Approximately 1 in 5 infected people develop illness. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes of genus Aedes. Some of the species falling under Aedes are A. aegypti and A. africanus. It apparently

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