biology

New research suggests gut bacteria affects the progression of ALS

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

A new study, led by scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science, has discovered a molecule secreted by certain gut bacteria could protect against the disease, while other species of gut bacteria can exacerbate the onset of symptoms.

Martian microbes may be snacking on space dust

Posted in Science on 16th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

Modern Mars is a desolate husk of a planet, as far as life is concerned. But it's not completely uninhabitable, since microbes could be hiding in the cracks of rocks and dirt.

Renegade immune cells found to raid aging brains and choke new neuron generation

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

If this process can be disrupted then it's possible a certain volume of age-related cognitive decline could be prevented.

Bacteria in the ocean can significantly alter your skin microbiome after a short swim

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2019
by Alex Muller

This is a solid reminder that the ocean is not akin to a sterile salt water bath.

Mars Curiosity Detects High Methane Levels Which Could Be Life

Posted in Science on 24th Jun, 2019
by Alex Muller

Microbial life is an important source of methane on Earth, but methane can also be created through interactions between rocks and water.