Machine learning through bacterial fingerprints

Various industries rely on accurate detection and identification of bacterial species. For example, food-processing plants often have to test their products for bacterial contamination to ensure it is safe for human consumption. In hospitals, a quick and accurate method to identify bacteria can help doctors prescribe the right antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that […]

HIV-positive and trying to get pregnant? Read this first.

If a woman has human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and becomes pregnant, it is very important that we prevent the transmission of this disease from mother to child. There are many ways to prevent this transmission (e.g. the mother starts taking HIV medication right away, cesarean section delivery, limited breastfeeding, and the baby gets HIV medication […]

You may be getting catfished by catfish

What species of fish are you really eating when you buy a fillet at the grocery store or fried fish at your local restaurant? In the first picture below, it’s easy to tell that it’s a catfish, but how about in the second picture of fish and chips? Statistics on how often fish are labeled […]

Can some fungi clean up plastic pollution?

Since September is National Mushroom Month, it’s fitting to think about the incredible things fungi can do. You may be familiar with mushrooms in grocery stores or some of those visible in the forest. When it comes to fungal diversity, these examples are only the tip of the iceberg. While some may be delicious with […]

Is exercise addiction socially acceptable at gyms?

Certain behaviors are often socially accepted and even encouraged when they’re considered productive, regardless of potential health risks. This can include behaviors like exercising, dieting, and working. Frequent exercise is generally seen as a sign of a healthy lifestyle, but what happens if exercise habits become extreme to the point of addiction? It’s difficult to […]