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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

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