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YUCK: Early Earth Had Surprising Stench

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/29/2013 03:13 PM EDT on LiveScience Kids like to taunt each other with the cry, "Las...

Don't Let Food Safety Reform Go Down the Disposal

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While many worthy policies and programs need funding, it's hard to think of any more universally necessary than protecting our nation's food supply. The sequestration means, however, the FDA will be forced to reduce the number of inspections it conducts.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: Big Ag Washes Its Hands of Any Responsibility

Andrew Gunther | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green
Andrew Gunther

The "cook it properly and everything will be ok" spin is just Big Ag's latest attempt to absolve itself of any responsibility for squandering one of the most important medical innovations of our time -- and putting American lives at risk.

'Dramatic' Circumcision Study May Explain Procedure's Big Health Benefit

Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/16/2013 08:07 AM EDT on LiveScience Circumcision changes the bacteria ecosystem of t...

Ancient Life Form 'Breathes' Rocket Fuel Ingredient, Study Shows

Posted 04.05.2013 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/04/2013 02:11 PM EDT on LiveScience An ancient form of life can use an ingredient in rocke...

Weird Iron-Breathing Bacteria Spotlighted In New Study

| Posted 03.26.2013 | Science

By Sid Perkins Using stripped-down versions of living cells, researchers have confirmed which proteins allow certain bacteria to breathe iron and ...

Weird Way Lyme Disease Outfoxes Immune System

Posted 03.25.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/22/2013 12:52 PM EDT on LiveScience The bacterium that causes Lyme Disease substitut...

WOW: Strange Sunless Realm Teems With Life

Reuters | Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Microbes are thriving in surprising numbers at the deepest spot in the ocea...

Antarctic Life Discovery Called Into Question

| Posted 03.11.2013 | Science

By Carolyn Gramling Just days after Russian scientists announced that they had found a previously unidentified species of bacteria in Antarctica's s...

More Data, Fewer Antibiotics Are Keys to Fighting Deadly Superbugs

Laura Rogers | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

As our lawmakers in the Senate discuss the fees that companies will pay to help the FDA expedite drug reviews, they should also require those companies to provide information that helps the agency protect people from drug-resistant superbugs.

The Climate Post: Bacteria Surviving at High Altitudes Could Play a Role in Global Climate

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.03.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that even as high as 30,000 feet in the sky, fungi and bacteria are present in the air. These living microorganisms could very well affect global climate.

World's Oldest Fossils Discovered In Region Known For Ancient Rocks

Posted 01.04.2013 | Science

Three-and-a-half billion years is a long time — after all, humans have only been around for about 2.3 million years. But scientists working in Weste...

EXPLAINED: How World's Worst Extinction Event Unfolded

Posted 12.06.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/05/2012 11:54 AM EST on LiveScience SAN FRANCISCO — Nickel-eating bacteria may have worsene...

It's Get Smart About Antibiotics Week!

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We are entering cold and flu season, and it's natural to want to do everything possible to keep our families healthy. So it's understandable that many people want their doctors to give them antibiotics. After all, they have an infection and antibiotics treat infections, right?

Are Antibiotics Making Us Fat?

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but it might also do us in. A growing body of data suggests that a wide range of ills, from allergies and asthma to metabolic disease and superbugs, may be the consequence of our war on germs.

Do Organic Foods Promote Better Health?

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.12.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

The interesting (and disturbing) fact is that if you count yourself among those who want no part of pesticides in food, the Stanford study likely confirms your belief that organics are better. But if you just read the headlines and media hype on the paper, you would miss that entirely.

Ending FDA Paralysis on Antibiotics With Two Court Victories and a Push for Transparency

Peter Lehner | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Peter Lehner

It's time for FDA to step up and ensure that antibiotics are preserved for when we need them most: to heal sick people.

Researchers Put '5 Second Rule' To The Test

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 05.11.2012 | Food

Do you ever eat food that's fallen on the floor? Adherents of the "five second rule" certainly do, but a new study suggests that more bacteria may sti...

The Hard Drive Of The Future Is...

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.09.2012 | Technology

Recent microbe research found that a certain type of iron-eating bacteria has the ability to produce tiny magnets. Enter magnetic bacteria. Similar to...

A Black Queen in a Blue Ocean: How Microbes Evolve to Depend on Each Other

Jeff Morris | Posted 07.02.2012 | Science
Jeff Morris

Why was it advantageous for the last common ancestor of all life to sacrifice self-sufficiency -- in other words, why is the world no longer the province of a small number of "jack of all trades" species?

Early Life Forms Used 'Redundancy' To Survive, Scientists Say

Posted 04.20.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/19/2012 07:06 PM EDT on LiveScience The earliest cells were unstable chemical systems th...

GROSS: New UC Berkeley Study Shows Humans Carry HOW Much Bacteria?

| Posted 06.02.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Susanne Rust You are a big bag of germs. And just by walking into a room, you add 37 m...

Cell Cognition and Cell Decision-Making

James A. Shapiro | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

It is common today for molecular, cell and developmental biologists to speak of cells "knowing" and "choosing" what to do under various conditions.

Can "Superbug" Slime From Stratosphere Solve Earth's Power Problem?

Posted 02.24.2012 | Science

By: InnovationNewsDaily Staff Published: 02/23/2012 04:24 PM EST on InnovationNewsDaily A U.K.-based research team has created a fuel cell that ...

What Is the Key to a Realistic Theory of Evolution?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 04.17.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Was Darwin simply mistaken about the gradual nature of hereditary variation? Such ignorance would be unavoidable before we knew about Mendelian genetics and DNA. Or was there a deeper flaw in the theory that he (and Alfred Russell Wallace) propounded?