Mutant Bacteria Accidentally Recreated One of Van Gogh’s Most Iconic Paintings

The line between art and science is sometimes a swirly one. Researchers studying a social bacterium that moves and feeds in coordinated swarms have unintentionally recreated something that looks a lot like a familiar masterpiece.   When a certain gene is overexpressed in a bacterium known as Myxococcus xanthus, the individual organisms self-organize into tiny circular … Read more

Omicron coronavirus variant: Maria Van Kerkhove on what we know so far

Exclusive: The World Health Organization’s technical lead on covid-19 says we will know how effective our vaccines are against omicron by Christmas Health 8 December 2021 By Helen Thomson Maria Van Kerkhove is the World Health Organization’s technical lead on the coronavirus pandemic RICHARD JUILLIART/AFP via Getty Images Since it was first detected by scientists … Read more