People wearing different types of black and white clothes sit and stand among orange and yellow seats on the New York subway

New research can ‘fingerprint’ a city’s ecosystem to better understand the microbes within it


Studies found that cities closer to the ocean have more marine microbes within their transit systems, while those near parks have more plant microbes.

a baby with blonde hair and a white dress receives a vaccination in the left thigh

‘Vaccine hesitancy’ is on the WHO’s list of 10 threats to global health in 2019

Health & Medicine
Virus TEM

It’s raining viruses, but don’t panic


Not just gut bugs: Our microbiomes can even affect cancer treatments


Documentary questions whether FBI ID’d right suspect in anthrax attack

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Anopheles gambiae species of mosquito.

Could a test for malaria be as easy as a breathalyzer?


New research could pave the way for a cheaper and less invasive way to test for malaria, saving countless lives in the process.

Microscopic synthetic structures are specially shaped objects that perform or move in intended ways when acted on by swarms of bacteria.

The dawn of the cyborg bacteria is here


It might be, but at a tiny level: Scientists at UPenn are working on using bacteria to control small synthetic structures, hoping to one day use them to deliver highly targeted doses of medicine. And don’t worry about the apocalypse: They still can’t defeat a bottle of bleach.

e. coli bacteria

Scientists have engineered a bacteria with a genetic ‘kill switch’


“This device will self-destruct in 10 seconds: 10…9…8…7…” How many times have you seen that in an action or sci-fi thriller? Can you imagine that scenario involving bacteria? If not, it may be time to start: genetic engineers have created strains of bacteria designed to die on their own in the absence of a synthetic compound that does not exist anywhere in nature.

At Redemption Hospital in Liberia, health workers screen patients for Ebola at the entrance to the facility, cleaning them off with a chlorine solution, taking their temperature and asking a series of questions. "At our hospital we have tried to create a

Ebola is creating a new epidemic of untreated illness and injury


The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is slowing in some areas, but the crisis is far from over. And the virus’ grip on the medical system in countries like Liberia means that people with other diseases or injuries often go without medical help.

Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, speak with the media outside of their home in Fort Kent, Maine, on October 31, 2014. Hickox defied quarantine orders in New Jersey and Maine after returning from West Africa but testing negative for Ebola.

Calm down — America is officially Ebola-free


The US responded to Ebola quickly, and succeeded in stamping out the small number of known cases. Now that the last Ebola patient in the country has been cleared, one doctor says it’s time to refocus on West Africa.