Bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers, but that regular hand washing with soap is a solution: “It’s the physical action of lifting and moving them off your skin, and letting them run down the drain”
In a 2005 NASA study, scientists successfully revived bacteria that had been in a frozen pond in Alaska for 32,000 years. The microbes had been frozen since when woolly mammoths still roamed the Earth. Once the ice melted, they began swimming around, unaffected, and quickly became infectious.
Scientists studying the belly button fluff of 60 people found 1,458 bacteria completely new to science. One participant’s fluff contained oil found only in soil from Japan, where he had never visited.
There are microorganisms living on the seafloor that reproduce only once every 10,000 years and have been alive for millions. These are likely the oldest living things on Earth.
Scientists have unexpectedly found that the bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea, an extremophile, can survive at -196 Celsius degrees, the temperature of liquid nitrogen. They’re not sure how this is possible.
An individual who who hadn’t washed in several years hosted two species of so-called extremophile bacteria, that typically thrive in ice caps and thermal vents, in his/her belly button.
A Russian scientist injected himself with a 3.5 million year old bacteria trapped in Siberian Permafrost ‘after successful experiments on mice and fruit flies’. He says it has made him flu proof for the past two years and gave him more energy to work longer hours.
During the Civil War wounded soldiers reported mysterious glowing from their wounds that seemed to encourage healing. This turns out to be a rare bio-luminescent bacteria in the dirt of the battlefield.
Bacteria that eats and survives on electricity alone, was found in the ocean floor.
There is a bacteria that can survive with almost no nutrients in a spacecraft assembly clean room and is resistant against the sterilization measures used there.