Considering the current situation about Covid19, family and friends asked me about the actual difference between viruses and bacteria. A question which I generally love to give a lecture about. So I used the time throughout social distancing to compile … Continue reading About the differences between bacteria and viruses
This is the last part of the gut microbiome series and after having established what the gut microbiome is and why we need it, I will now go into how we can help our gut microbiome to do its job. … Continue reading How to keep the gut microbiota healthy
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?
I talked a lot already about how bacteria adapt to different environmental conditions. And yet, at times the simplicity and efficiency of how bacteria sense their environments still blows my mind. In previous articles I already described chemotaxis, which is the movement … Continue reading Bacteria sensing their environment 3.0
If you followed this blog for a while now, you are probably fully aware that bacteria are basically everywhere. Apart from that lake in Ethiopia, in which only recently scientists did not detect any form of life – a fact, which for me is still hard to digest. Anyway, when bacteria grow in the environment for example on water systems or pipelines, their metabolic activity can lead to degradation of the metal and to corrosion of the material. This can seriously effect functioning of the pipes which can then also result in serious health issues. One bacterium that likes to … Continue reading Bacteria breaking free from home
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