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Human Microbiome

  • Scientist Studies the Infant Resistome to Combat Superbugs
    Gautam Dantas remembers the day in 10th grade when he first wanted to be a scientist. It was the day he had a new biology teacher, a visiting researcher from the U.S. The teacher passionately described his own biochemical studies of how organisms live together in ...More
    December 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • ATM Keypads Reveal a City's DNA
    Automated teller machine (ATM) keypads in New York City hold microbes from human skin, household surfaces, or traces of food, a study by researchers at New York University has found. The work shows that ATMs can provide a repository to offer a picture of a city’s ...More
    November 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover New Antibiotics by Sifting Through the Human Microbiome
    Most antibiotics in use today are based on natural molecules produced by bacteria--and given the rise of antibiotic resistance, there's an urgent need to find more of them. Yet coaxing bacteria to produce new antibiotics is a tricky proposition. Most bacteria won't grow in ...More
    November 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • How Important is the Gut Microbiome? It May Depend on Your Genetics
    Our gut microbiomes--the bacteria that live in our digestive tract--play major roles in our health. Scientists around the world are studying therapies that manipulate the microbiome, including probiotics (such as live bacterial cultures in yogurt), prebiotics (edible fibers ...More
    November 8, 2016 Posted in News
  • Intestinal Diversity Protects Against Asthma
    Children who develop asthma or allergies have an altered immune response to intestinal bacteria in the mucous membranes even as infants. This has been shown by a new study at Linköping University in Sweden, which also suggests that the mother’s immune system ...More
    October 11, 2016 Posted in News
  • Team Identifies Fungus in Humans for First Time as Key Factor in Crohn's Disease
    A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team of international researchers has for the first time identified a fungus as a key factor in the development of Crohn’s disease. The researchers also linked a new bacterium to the previous bacteria associated ...More
    September 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Link Between Fecal Bacteria and Body Fat
    Researchers at King’s College London have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in the human fecal microbiome and levels of abdominal body fat. The research, published in Genome Biology, also provides further evidence of possible genetic influences on ...More
    September 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • ICU Patients Lose Beneficial Gut Bacteria Within Days of Hospital Admission
    The microbiome of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital differs dramatically from that of healthy patients, according to a new study published in mSphere. Researchers analyzing microbial taxa in ICU patients' guts, mouth and skin reported finding ...More
    August 31, 2016 Posted in News
  • New Findings Detail How Beneficial Bacteria in the Nose Suppress Pathogenic Bacteria
    Staphylococcus aureus is a common colonizer of the human body. Although one-quarter of the U.S. population live with the bacteria and never get sick, having S. aureus present in the nostrils is a risk for infections that range in severity from mild skin to life- threatening ...More
    August 17, 2016 Posted in News
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