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Acute family stress can impact a child’s immune system

High levels of stress in a family can undermine a child’s immune system, making it easier for viruses and bacteria to do their worst.

Weak antibiotic doses undermine our body’s defences

Swedish scientists have found how an insufficient treatment can make cholera bacteria resistant to our immune system.

A microorganism's day at work

A bacterium cultivated in the highlands of Bolivia meets a microorganism from an alkaline lake in Kenya. Together they create a team of billions of tireless workers that provide humans with fuel for our vehicles or plastic bags to carry our groceries.

Wet tundra can also capture carbon

Do permafrost thaws and bacteria comprise a climate bomb in the Arctic?

Pregnant women with pets have more vaginal E. coli

Intestinal bacteria from dogs and cats appear to colonise pregnant women’s vagina, which can increase the risk of e.g. urinary tract infections. This may be caused by the bacteria travelling from the animal via the woman’s hands to her vagina.

Our intestinal bacteria have national characteristics

The bacteria in our intestines are different depending on which country we live in. By examining national differences, researchers can learn more about why bacterial interference in our intestinal flora appear to trigger type 2 diabetes in some people.

Why we can’t avoid bacteria in hospitals

Bacteria use a hitherto unknown weapon to resist sterilisation of medical equipment. Our attempts to fight these bacteria in hospitals only make them stronger.

The real food hazards in our kitchens

Some common hygienic mistakes in the kitchen can be devastating. Others are less risky than you might think.

Making Norway's deadliest food

It's food, but not as we know it: a new processing plant is set to produce sausages packed with deadly E.coli and cheese full of Listeria – to save us from food poisoning.

Putting the squeeze on food bacteria

Using twice the pressure you would find at an ocean depth of 11,000 metres we can rid food of bacteria in a new and rather delicate way.