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Cystitis: How bacteria get into your bladder

Over the last year, it's become more and more apparent that I do, in fact, have recurrent cystitis. Having cystitis is a bit like entering the matrix - until I had my first attack I'd never even known it was a disease...

October 7, 2012 — S.E. Gould

Guest Post: Flesh-eating bacteria

I'm having a bit of a break this weekend catching up with my Dads-in-law. I'm pleased to present a guest post from Andy Wang who works as a Microbiology Research Associate at Emeryville Pharmaceutical Services ...

September 23, 2012 — S.E. Gould

Tiny RNA fragments control bacterial infections

There is more than one type of genetic material within the cell. As well as DNA, which stores the code for making cellular protiens, there is also RNA, which contains similar snatches of code but is less stable and more mobile than DNA...

August 26, 2012 — S.E. Gould

Butterfly Watch: The Wall Butterfly

I've been on holiday for the last few days, so haven't had much time to read papers about bacteria. What I have been doing, however, is looking at butterflies.

August 21, 2012 — S.E. Gould

Fungi that steal genes from bacteria

In order to survive in complex and interesting environments in the wild, bacteria have a whole arsenal of chemical products that they make within the cell.

August 12, 2012 — S.E. Gould

The origin of breathing: how bacteria learnt to use oxygen

Thursday 26th July saw the launch of, a new English language science blog network., the brand-new home for Nature Network bloggers, forms part of the SciLogs international collection of blogs which already exist in German, Spanish and Dutch...

July 29, 2012 — S.E. Gould

The bacteria that help sheep eat grass

There's been a lot of focus on the human microbiome recently, and while I'm obviously thrilled at anything which makes people think more about bacteria it's easy to forget that it isn't just humans who provide internal living space for bugs...

July 24, 2012 — S.E. Gould

How Barley Protects Against Invasion

Unlike animals, plants do not have a circulating blood system containing cell capable of fighting off bacterial invasion. Instead, they have to rely on various other techniques, which I covered in detail way back on my old Field of Science blog...

July 15, 2012 — S.E. Gould

How fungi steal zinc from your body

I've been getting quite into the human microbiome lately, covering both vaginal bacteria and digestive tract bacteria. One thing I thought it might be interesting to highlight is that we talk about the human "microbiome" rather than the human "bacteriome" because it contains a range of microbial species including bacteria, fungi and even possibly blastocysts...

July 8, 2012 — S.E. Gould

How bacteria break down human food

Last weeks post on the changing composition of bacteria in the vagina generated a lot of interest, and as there's been quite a of talk about the human microbiome (all the bacteria that live on the human body) at the moment I thought I'd stick with the theme...

June 24, 2012 — S.E. Gould

How bacteria in the vagina change during pregnancy

One thing that becomes more clear with each piece of research is that the human body is a hive of mostly harmless bacteria that live in any crevice they can reach while affecting their human host as little as possible...

June 16, 2012 — S.E. Gould

Helical bacteria: the benefits of being twisted

One of the first things you learn in bacteriology is that bacteria come in different shapes. Not a huge range of shapes admittedly, but the main shapes are spherical, rod-shaped, or spiral...

June 9, 2012 — S.E. Gould


Although this blog tends to deal almost exclusively with the life and times of bacteria occasionally I find something else that catches my fancy, and over the long bank holiday weekend I visited a wildlife park...

June 5, 2012 — S.E. Gould

The Bacteria that Commit Honourable Suicide

In multicellular organisms it is essential that every cell behaves and does the job it was produced to perform. The survival of a multicellular organism depends on this - every cell in your body is tightly controlled in terms of how big it can grow (fairly big), when it can reproduce (almost never) and what sort of metabolic processes it may carry out...

May 27, 2012 — S.E. Gould

Ancient Bacteria - the saga continues

It's been an interesting week for the story of ancient bacterial diseases. My post last Saturday discussed how the bacteria that cause leprosy and whooping cough might have been present in the early hominids...

May 17, 2012 — S.E. Gould
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