World / Science & Health Oct 5, 2018

Scientists urge global doomsday vault for 'good' germs

As the world's microbial diversity is decimated by antibiotics, processed food, filtered water and other wonders of modern life, researchers are proposing the creation of a global microbiota vault to protect the long-term health of humanity. Human microbiota, a community of trillions of microorganisms that ...

World / Science & Health Jun 6, 2018

Scientists map genetic codes of 3,000 dangerous bacteria

Scientists seeking new ways to fight drug-resistant superbugs have mapped the genomes of more than 3,000 bacteria, including samples of a bug taken from Alexander Fleming's nose and a dysentery-causing strain from a World War One soldier. The DNA of deadly strains of plague, dysentery ...

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

World / Science & Health Dec 17, 2014

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

An endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, earlier this month died after a failed pregnancy caused a bacterial infection, officials said Tuesday. Preliminary necropsy results show the 19-year-old killer whale known as J-32 was pregnant with a nearly full-term female calf that ...