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Microbes, worms and plastic

Plastic pollution needs immediate attention worldwide. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is still the best way forward. Scientists have recently found that worms and their gut bacteria can collectively degrade plastic.

A song of gut and bacteria

While our gut bacteria have their own rhythm, they adapt to the surroundings by matching their beat and creating a unique song. Ultimately, this song benefits both the microbes and our gut.

Tumor-fighting bacteria

Engineering a new way to fight cancer: Using bacteria as a vehicle to transport cancer-killing cargo directly to tumors, on remote command.

Phages reinterpret the genetic code 

The genetic code is highly conserved. However, some bacteria-infecting viruses called phages have redefined the code, possibly to fine-tune the timing of lifestyle transitions.

Relationship Advice from Mucus

Healthy relationships require a fine balance between communication and boundaries. Get the best tips from mucus, mediator of our relationship with our gut microbes.

Tale of a troubled microbe

Microbes converse through the exchange of metabolites. Who knew that a simple conversation could improve the drug tolerance of microbes?

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