What kind of bacteria will eat you when you die?

Who doesn’t like to sing out loud “It’s the ciiiiiiircle, the ciiiiircle of life”? I did, until I realized that this song implies that we’re all going to die at some point. As a microbiologist, the next logical thought for me is that when I die, fungi and bacteria within the soil will decompose me […]

MEET AN ASTROBIOLOGIST: DR MUKUND SHARMA

Prof. Mukund Sharma senior paleontologist and astrobiologist from Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (Lucknow, India) is renowned for his immense contribution in the field of Precambrian Palaeobiology in India. He has extensively worked on the Archaeans of the Dharwar Craton, the Proterozoic basins of peninsular India i.e., the Cuddapah, Kaladgi, Vindhyan, Chhattisgarh and, Marwar Supergroups, […]

Acidic pH reduces the effectiveness of cancer drugs

Cancer remains one of the major public health challenges facing society today. Despite advances in cancer treatments, the WHO estimates that the disease will cause a staggering 9.6 million deaths in 2018 making it the second leading cause of death worldwide. Sadly, cancer rates will likely increase in the near future due to the aging […]