Researchers resurrect new species of life from ancient Andean tomb

Close to 1,500 years ago, indians living in what is now Quito, Ecuador buried their most revered dead in 16-meter-deep tombs. An ancient alcoholic beverage was commonly included in these burial vaults. Now, by examining the clay vessels used to ferment and store this brew, a team of South American researchers has… » 2/20/12 7:10am 2/20/12 7:10am

Scientists have discovered the missing link in the evolution of lager

The yeast Saccharomyces cerivisiae is the brewer's go-to fungus for converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide in potent potables like ciders and ales, but when it comes to brewing lager beer... well, lager brewing is a completely different animal. In fact, to be more specific, lager-brewing requires a… » 8/23/11 5:22pm 8/23/11 5:22pm

Baker's yeast can protect against a deadly fungus

Could baker's yeast injections protect against one of the deadliest infections in the world? New research seems to indicate yes. The fungus Aspergillus is the cause of aspergillosis, the leading fungal killer of immunocompromised people. It's an infection that targets the lungs, and then spreads to other organs like… » 8/12/11 7:30am 8/12/11 7:30am