In the last article, we concluded that our gut microbiome helps us with three main functions. They help us digesting foods, protect us from pathogens and enhance our immune system. To understand how exactly the gut microbiome helps the immune … Continue reading The gut microbiome protecting its host
You probably have been following me on my blog or on social media for a while now. And maybe you remember reading my words “be nice to your bacteria” somewhere. And you probably also thought “what does she mean by … Continue reading What is the gut microbiome and why should I care?
All living cells require iron to live, this includes bacteria and human cells, because iron has essential functions in the cellular metabolism. The problem is, that free iron is actually toxic, so that each organism needs to make sure iron … Continue reading What the presence of iron tells a bacterium about its location
Throughout summer I had a not so nice encounter with the least favourite of all doctors – the dentist. While she was tampering with my teeth, I realised I barely know anything about those bacteria that cause this nasty disease … Continue reading What bacteria do to our teeth
In this article I want to talk about a mechanism that, when I read about it, completely fascinated me. Yes, bacteria can still amaze me with their countless abilities to affect almost everything within our body! A new study just found that bacteria are even able to change our blood type! But as always, let’s start with the basics. We have four different blood types based on the sugars that are on the surface of our blood cells (I am not going to talk about rhesus factors here). These sugar blocks are generally called antigens, because they are recognised by … Continue reading Bacteria changing blood types
As you might well be aware of by now, our body is full of bacteria. All those little bugs that usually live there are together called the human microbiota. They are the reason why you are never truly alone 😉 … Continue reading How bacteria get (too) attached
Hi there! My name is Danny Ward and I am a PhD student at the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Today, I’m going to be telling you a little about what research I am working on, any why it is important. As the title suggests, I work on tiny biological needles. Tiny biological needles? Yes, you did indeed read that correctly! For many, we know that certain bacteria can cause disease but exactly how they are able to infect their targets often remains a mystery. One such system, responsible for promoting bacterial infection, … Continue reading Tiny Biological Needles: How Some Bacteria Are Able to Infect Their Targets