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Human Microbiome

  • 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
    6 days ago 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
    3 weeks ago 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
    4 weeks ago 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
  • Scientists Call for New Tools to Explore the World's Microbiomes
    In October, an interdisciplinary group of scientists proposed forming a Unified Microbiome Initiative (UMI) to explore the world of microorganisms that are central to life on Earth and yet largely remain a mystery. An article in the journal ACS Nano describes the tools ...More
    January 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • GOJO Scientists, Leading Researchers Study Emerging Hand Microbiome Science and Its Impact on Health
    Leading experts in hand hygiene, skin health science and the human microbiome recently published “Review of Human Hand Microbiome Research” in the Journal of Dermatological Science. According to the report, hands are like a busy intersection, constantly ...More
    December 6, 2015 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Scientists Investigate Microbial Growth and Death Inside Our Guts
    For the first time, scientists can accurately measure population growth rates of the microbes that live inside mammalian gastrointestinal tracts, according to a new method reported in Nature Communications by a team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired ...More
    November 30, 2015 Posted in News
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