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Human Microbiome

  • A New Tool for Forecasting the Behavior of the Microbiome
    A team of investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of Massachusetts have developed a suite of computer algorithms that can accurately predict the behavior of the microbiome - the vast collection of microbes living on and inside the human body. In a ...More
    Yesterday Posted in News
  • Childhood Antibiotic Treatments Reduce Diversity and Stability of Intestinal Microbiota
    The DIABIMMUNE project followed the development of 39 Finnish infants from birth to the age of 3. Half of the children received nine to 15 antibiotic treatments during the research period, and the other half did not receive any such treatments. Stool samples were collected ...More
    6 days ago Posted in News
  • Microbiota Affect the Rate of Transplant Acceptance and Rejection
    Researchers from the University of Chicago have shown that microbiota—the bacteria, viruses and other microbes living on the skin and in the digestive system—play an important role in the body’s ability to accept transplanted skin and other organs. ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • Common Antimicrobial Agent Rapidly Disrupts Gut Bacteria
    A new study suggests that triclosan, an antimicrobial and antifungal agent found in many consumer products ranging from hand soaps to toys and even toothpaste, can rapidly disrupt bacterial communities found in the gut. The research was published today in PLOS ONE by ...More
    May 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • Targeted Antibiotic is Easier on the Gut Microbiome
    A targeted antibiotic designed for treatment of staph infections caused fewer changes to the gut microbiome of mice than did common broad-spectrum antibiotics. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists led the study, which provides the first evidence that a ...More
    May 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Gut Microbiomes of Infants Have an Impact on Autoimmunity
    Exposure to pathogens early in life is beneficial to the education and development of the human immune system. Over the past few decades, the healthcare community has observed an intriguing phenomenon: diseases related to the immune system -- type 1 diabetes, and other ...More
    April 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • Pancreatic Cancer Risk Tied to Specific Mouth Bacteria
    The presence of certain bacteria in the mouth may reveal increased risk for pancreatic cancer and enable earlier, more precise treatment. This is the main finding of a study led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center to ...More
    April 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Brawls Mark Life in the Gut's Microbiome
    Bacterially speaking, it gets very crowded in the human gut, with trillions of cells jostling for a position to carry out a host of specialized and often crucial tasks. A new Yale study, published the week of March 7 in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy ...More
    March 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • U-M Students Analyze Their Own Biological Samples to Study How Microbes Affect Human Health
    A "me-search" lab for University of Michigan biology undergraduates gives students a close look at what might be the most compelling study subject of all: themselves. The lab focuses on the human gut microbiome—bacteria and other tiny organisms that live inside the ...More
    March 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Antiperspirant Alters the Microbial Ecosystem on Your Skin
    Wearing antiperspirant or deodorant doesn't just affect your social life, it substantially changes the microbial life that lives on you. New research finds that antiperspirant and deodorant can significantly influence both the type and quantity of bacterial life found in ...More
    February 2, 2016 Posted in News
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