Thermophilic bacteria are extremophiles; they live in the sorts of temperatures that would toast other organisms. Strictly speaking they are not bacteria, but members of a different branch of life known as Archaea.
Archaea like it hot, and they cope well under pressure too. They are an ancient group of microbes that are now referred to as Archaea, and some of them live in the most extreme environments on the planet.
There is no escape, as they follow you everywhere. Your body is riddled with bacteria. The majority of these microbes are benign, some are helpful, and a few can do us harm. To make the most of our tiny companions scientists have compiled an atlas of bacteria that live in the human body.
Ebola is a deadly viral pathogen that’s killed over 1200 people since the first outbreak in 1976. Despite exhaustive studies its natural reservoir is unknown, but the evidence is stacking up that fruit bats are the reservoirs of the Ebola virus.
The Ebola virus is one of nature’s most feared pathogens. Highly virulent and dangerous it causes haemorrhagic fever which damages major organs and blood vessels. There is no known cure. Find out more about the virus and the potentially fatal disease it causes.
Athlete’s foot (medical name: tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection caused by the ringworm fungus known as Trichophyton. The fungi thrive in the warm, moist areas of your feet and they can be contagious. Athlete’s foot can also spread to other parts o the body.
Fungi can make their home in and on many parts of the human body. Most of the time they are completely harmless and we happily co-exist with them. But occasionally we become vulnerable to fungal infections in places such as the feet, nails, and the ear.