Bacteria

  • Oldest fossils on Earth discovered 22-08-2011 12:45 PM

    London: The Earth's oldest fossils that show convincing evidence of cells and bacteria living in an oxygen-free world over 3.4 billion years ago have been discovered. The discovery has been made by a team led by Dr David Wacey of the University of Western Australia and including Professor Martin Brasier...
  • Human belly button harbours 1,400 bug strains 10-07-2011 08:15 PM

    London: Scientists have stumbled on 1,400 strains of bacteria lurking in the much overlooked part of our anatomy - the navel. North Carolina State University's Belly Button Biodiversity study found 662 unrecognised strains - which could be a unique new species. Researchers made their startling discovery after they asked 95...
  • Europe's E coli death toll at least 44 25-06-2011 03:16 AM

    Berlin: Germany has reported another death in Europe's E coli outbreak, bringing the toll to at least 44. The national disease control center said Friday that 43 deaths have now been reported in Germany, the outbreak's epicenter. Another person has died in Sweden. In its own update on Friday, the...
  • Germany: more than 3000 infected with E coli 17-06-2011 08:45 PM

    Berlin: New sicknesses are still being reported in the European E coli outbreak that has killed 39, but Germany's national disease control centre said on Friday indications are that the crisis is tapering off. The number of reported infections in Germany, the epicenter of the outbreak, is now up to...
  • New E coli outbreak in France hits children 17-06-2011 02:53 AM

    Paris: Five children admitted to hospital in northern France after eating beef burgers infected with a strain of E coli bacteria are seriously ill, health officials said on Thursday, fanning fears of a wider outbreak. The officials said the bacteria did not appear to be related to the lethal strain...
  • Deadly E coli: A worry for India? 16-06-2011 09:45 AM

    New Delhi: The new mutant strain of the E Coli bacteria has left 36 people dead including a 2 year old boy across Europe, infecting more than 3,000 people. It is suspected to have first originated from contaminated bean sprouts from Germany. Devashish Ohri of Life technologies said, This particular...
  • German E coli outbreak claims first child victim 15-06-2011 01:26 AM

    Berlin: Germany's E coli outbreak claimed its first child fatality on Tuesday when a two-year-old died from the bacteria in the northern city of Hanover, taking the death toll to 37. German health authorities have linked the epidemic, the deadliest of its kind in modern history, to contaminated bean sprouts...
  • Dutch find different E coli, pull beet sprouts 10-06-2011 02:00 AM

    Amsterdam: Dutch authorities recalled red beet sprouts from three countries on Thursday after samples were found to be contaminated with a strain of E coli bacteria that was apparently less dangerous than the one causing Europe's deadly E coli crisis. German health officials, meanwhile, reported that three more people died...
  • Germany signals hope in E coli fight 09-06-2011 02:18 AM

    Berlin: Germany on Wednesday said the deadly E coli outbreak appeared to be waning as the government convened an emergency meeting of federal and state health ministers for the first time since the outbreak of the deadly infection over a month ago. Germany's new health minister Daniel Bahr admitted failures...
  • Germany backtracks on sprouts as E coli source 07-06-2011 01:57 AM

    Hamburg: First they pointed a finger at Spanish cucumbers. Then they cast suspicion on sprouts from Germany. Now German officials appear dumbfounded as to the source of the deadliest E coli outbreak in modern history, and one US expert called the investigation a "disaster." Backtracking for the second time in...
  • Germany says beansprouts may be behind E coli 06-06-2011 03:35 AM

    Hamburg: German-grown beansprouts could be the source of the deadly E coli outbreak that has killed 22 people, made more than 2,000 ill and struck fear into consumers across Europe, officials said on Sunday. The Lower Saxony state agriculture minister, Gert Lindemann, said at a news conference investigators had traced...
  • One E coli case identified in Finland 04-06-2011 10:21 AM

    Helsinki: The E coli bacterial infection is fast spreading across Europe, with one case diagnosed in Finland, Xinhua reported. The E coli infection was detected in the capital city of Helsinki, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare said on Friday. The properties of the bacteria found in the...
  • Germany steps up hunt for deadly E coli source 04-06-2011 01:57 AM

    Berlin: Racing to curb the spread of a killer food bug, Germany set up a task force on Friday to hunt down the source of a highly toxic strain of E coli that has killed 19 people and sounded alarms around the world. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, locked in...
  • Killer E Coli strain described as deadliest yet 03-06-2011 07:03 AM

    London: A virulent new strain of E Coli bacteria that has killed at least 17 people in Europe may be the deadliest yet in human history, health experts said. Germany is at the centre of the outbreak, with more than 1,500 people ill from eating contaminated vegetables and salads, but...
  • Killer cucumbers take Germany toll to 10 30-05-2011 11:16 AM

    Berlin: A virulent form of E coli bacteria blamed on infected cucumbers from Spain has killed 10 people in Germany and sickened 300, health officials said on Sunday while warning people not to eat suspect vegetables. European health experts on Saturday said the outbreak of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which affects...
  • New antibiotic developed to tame NDM-1 superbug 10-05-2011 09:11 AM

    New Delhi: In a major development on the fight against the NDM-1 superbug, a Swiss company, Basilea Pharmaceutical, has announced that its un-named drug has proved effective against the bacteria in lab tests. Currently the NDM-1 bacteria is resistant to all known forms of antibiotics. The New Delhi Superbug (NDM-1...
  • After Delhi, NDM-1 superbug found in Pune 29-04-2011 09:51 AM

    Mumbai: After the panic the Lancet article about the NDM-1 superbug created in the Capital, an ongoing two month long study being carried out by Pune's Sassoon Hospital and the National Centre of Cell Sciences has alarming findings. Taking blood and urine samples of more than 3000 patients, scientists at...
  • Delhi superbug: Are we in denial? 13-04-2011 10:02 PM

    Dr R Laxminarayan and Dr Devi Shetty speak to CNN-IBN about Lancet Journal's NDM-1 superbug study. ...
  • Are we in denial over the Delhi superbug?

    The New Delhi superbug has been found in water samples in the capital according to a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Delhi...
  • Govt to conduct own study on Delhi superbug 12-04-2011 03:29 PM

    New Delhi: After denying the existence of NDM-1 superbug in water in Delhi, ever since it was first mentioned in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, the government authorities have finally decided to conduct their own studies. The National Centre for Disease Control has planned to conduct a study on the...
  • Superbugs found in Delhi drinking water 07-04-2011 12:43 PM

    London: A gene that makes bugs highly resistant to almost all known antibiotics has been found in bacteria in water supplies in New Delhi used by local people for drinking, washing and cooking, scientists said on Thursday. The NDM 1 gene, which creates what some experts describe as "super superbugs",...
  • Experts urge vaccination for Cholera 26-01-2011 05:16 PM

    Hong Kong: The cholera bacterium has undergone important mutations in recent years, causing longer outbreaks of the disease with increased fatalities, researchers reported on Wednesday. In a package of papers published in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they said mass vaccinations should be considered as a solution even after...
  • 34000-year-old life found in salt crystals 15-01-2011 11:21 AM

    Washington: Scientists have found 34,000-year-old bacteria trapped inside tiny bubbles of salt crystals that could be the oldest living organisms on Earth, according to a report in the latest edition of GSA Today. The salt crystals containing the bacteria were found buried in the Death Valley of California. "It was...
  • Now, 'Poo-Gloos' that can eat all sewage 10-01-2011 03:28 PM

    Washington: Scientists have developed a new cheap igloo-shaped, pollution-eating device that can clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities. Developed by researchers at the University of Utah, the sewage-eating device, called 'Poo-Gloos', use a thriving bacterial biofilm to consume pollutants from sewage lagoons. It consists of a...
  • New rust-eating bacteria munching away Titanic 07-12-2010 05:00 PM

    Toronto: A newly discovered rust-eating bacteria is munching away the wreckage of the Titanic and the remains of the ship may soon be lost, a team of scientists that included an Indian has warned. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada, have been examining the bacteria eating...
  • NASA reveals new life form on Earth 03-12-2010 12:15 AM

    Washington: Lurking in the depths of a California lake, researchers found a bacteria that can thrive on arsenic, an explosive discovery that could expand the search for other life on Earth and beyond. The NASA funded study released on Thursday redefines what science considers the necessary elements for life, currently...
  • 'Indian' superbug found in US and Canada 14-09-2010 07:12 PM

    Boston: An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported on Monday. The US cases and two others in Canada all involve...
  • Bacteria being used to clean up Mumbai coast 23-08-2010 04:36 PM

    This is a special type of process called bio-remediation, where a type of bacteria is used to biodegrade the oil spilled off the Mumbai coast into non-harmful substances. ...
  • Superbug exists in all nations: Indian scientist 13-08-2010 09:41 AM

    The Govt on Thursday rejected the report that claimed drug-resistant superbugs have been traced back to India and can cause multiple organ failure. 8 Indians among 31 scientists in superbug report ...