Cholera has long been a known disease, but it wasn't until the 1700s that it was recognized as a worldwide plague. It became one of the most feared diseases in the world because it adapted to humans enough to take control of our basic bodily functions.
Today, Google honors German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri (born May 31st, 1852), the scientist credited with the invention of the Petri dish – a ubiquitous research tool particularly suited to raising cell cultures and revealing how gross-and/or-fascinating the world is, generally.
Chlamydia trachomatis is a frighteningly accomplished human pathogen. It's the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the United States, the number one cause of acquired blindness in developing countries, and the leading cause of infertility in the Western world. And yet, many of the molecular mechanisms by which…
The Belly Button Biodiversity project recently began taking DNA samples from people's navels to find out what bacteria is living within. Of the roughly 1,400 bacterial strains discovered thus far, at least 662 of them are completely unknown.