Sea sponges produce a compound that can kill superbug MRSA

Antibiotic resistance is a problem that affects every country in the world. Bacteria are evolutionary melting pots and in a short amount of time are able to acquire genes that allow them break down antibiotics and survive our current treatments. This can result in life threatening infections that are resistant to all known drugs. MRSA…

BioBit – The large intestine is your waste treatment plant.

Your large intestine, or colon, is the final stop in your digestive system for your food. It is a wider tube than the small intestine totalling about 1.5 metres in length. It has smooth muscle surrounding it to help propel the waste through the tube. Your large intestine is broken down into 5 main sections: ascending, transverse,…

Discovering new drugs in the soil of your backyard.

Many of the compounds we rely on to treat diseases come from bacteria and microorganisms in our environment. These include antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs. Microorganisms use these compounds to compete with and kill other microorganisms in their environment in order to gain a selective advantage. For the better part of 70 years antibiotics have been…

BioBit – The bacteria and antibiotics arms race

It’s been shown that there are 10 times as many bacteria on you as there are human cells in your body, this is called your microbiome. Your microbiome plays an important role in aiding digestion, training your immune system and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. For the most part this bacteria does no harm to…