Are Viruses Alive?

Are viruses life forms or not? Scientists have been fighting about it for years, and Anthony has more on the latest wrinkle in this seemingly simple yet age-old debate. Read More: “New Study Shows Viruses Can Have Immune Systems” “A study published today in the journal Nature reports that a viral predator of the cholera …

How Did Multicellular Life Begin?

Some people refuse to believe in evolution because it’s hard to understand how we evolved from a single-celled organism. Julian explains how this transition occurred. Follow Julian on Twitter: Read More: From single cells to multicellular life: Researchers capture the emergence of multicellular life in real-time experiments “All multicellular creatures are descended from single-celled organisms. …

A Purple Planet May Mean Alien Life

With billions of stars in our galaxy alone, many with their own earth-like planets, how are we to know which ones might be habitable? Well, new research thinks we might just have the clue, and it all has to do with purple bacteria. Read More: NASA Kepler Results Usher in a New Era of Astronomy …

How Scientists Are Hacking Bacteria To Fight Disease

Gut bacteria helps you digest food and keeps your gut healthy but can scientists control this bacteria to fight off disease? Help support DNews by completing this one-question survey Watch More ???? Read More: Basic computing elements created in bacteria “Researchers unveil a series of sensors, memory switches, and circuits that can be encoded in …

What Is Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough has officially been declared an epidemic in the state of California! What is it, and why are there so many more cases lately. Trace is here to explain why this is a growing problem, and how it can be stopped. Follow DNews on Twitter: Follow Trace on Twitter: Read More: California Experiencing a …

What Exactly Is Food Poisoning?

Sometimes, food can be infected, causing you to get sick. Join Trace as he discusses the cause of foodborne illnesses. Follow DNews on Twitter: Follow Trace on Twitter: Read More: Food Poisoning “Food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or foodborne disease) is any illness that results from eating contaminated food.” How to Treat Food …

Why Antibacterial Soap Is Dangerous

Antibacterial equals safe, right? Think again. New research suggests that a particular ingredient common in antibacterial products is actually quite dangerous. Trace has all the details on Triclosan and what the FDA is aiming to do about it. Read More: Decades-Old Question: Is Antibacterial Soap Safe? “It’s a chemical that’s been in U.S. households for …

This Genetically Modified Salmonella Destroys Brain Cancer

Scientists are trying to use modified salmonella, a bacteria that typically causes food poisoning, to treat a deadly form of brain cancer. What Exactly Is Food Poisoning? – Sign Up For The Seeker Newsletter Here – Read More: Glioblastoma Multiforme “Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive malignant brain tumor involving glial cells of the brain. …

WTF Is Kombucha?

What is kombucha, why is this craze sweeping the nation, and does it have any real health benefits? Read More: What Is Kombucha? “What smells like beer, tastes like carbonated vinegar and looks like something you forgot in the back of the refrigerator? Why, kombucha tea, of course!” Kombucha Fermentation and its Antimicrobial Activity “Kombucha …

Do Toilet Seat Covers Really Protect You?

Toilet seat covers protect you from gross germs, right? Here’s the truth. Read More: Microbiological Hazards of Household Toilets: Droplet Production and the Fate of Residual Organisms “Large numbers of bacteria and viruses when seeded into household toilets were shown to remain in the bowl after flushing, and even continual flushing could not remove a …