Keeping your lips, tongue, teeth and gums company inside your mouth are millions of bacterial cells from about 600 different strains. Most are harmless, but they are not all known to science. Periodically, scientists embark on voyages of discovery to uncover new strains of human mouth bacteria.
Are you a pet owner? If you have dogs as pets you are no doubt very concerned for their health and keen to avoid them picking up any unnecessary ailments. As with many organisms dogs can be a host for a plethora of parasites - here’s a look at some of them.
Since viruses do not have a cellular structure, they cannot replicate through the process of cell division. But we know that populations of viruses grow. How do they do this? Through either the lytic cycle or the lysogenic cycle, or sometimes both. This article will explore the lytic cycle.
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle (the myocardium) and has a number of causes including autoimmune diseases, medicines, environmental toxins, and viral infections.
Myositis is the general name given to inflammation of the skeletal muscles, those muscles that you control consciously to get around and pick up objects. Myositis has a number of causes including infection, injury, genetic disorders, and autoimmune disease.
The endoplasmic reticulum is a highly complex organelle inside eukaryotic cells. It first came to the public attention in a paper written in 1945. But what does it do? Where is it found? And what does it look like? Our endoplasmic reticulum FAQ is designed to get you up to speed on the basics.
Stork bites, angel’s kisses, and strawberry - these are all names given to birthmarks. So what are birthmarks and are they genetically inherited? Read on to find out more.
The life cycle of plants includes alternation of generations, where two generations complete a life cycle. A haploid gametophyte form alternates with a diploid sporophyte form.
The human body is capable of producing a wide variety of odors, not all of them pleasant. Although people associate sweat with bad body odor, it is in fact odorless. The rank smells are caused by bacteria mixing with the sweat and can sometimes be a sign of an underlying serious medical condition.
Yersinia pestis is the bacterium that causes plague and it is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. The microbe is rod-shaped, and can usually avoid and suppress mammalian host immune responses.