Microbes


  • Skin Microbes Trigger Specific Immune Responses
    New research in mice shows that the immune system in the skin develops distinct responses to the various microbes that naturally colonize the skin, referred to as commensals. A team led by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Shed Light on How Microbial 'Dark Matter' Might Cause Disease
    One of the great recent discoveries in modern biology was that the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. But much of that bacteria is still a puzzle to scientists. It is estimated by scientists that roughly half of bacteria living in human ...More
    December 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • Restrooms are Not as Unhealthy as You Might Think, Research Indicates
    Microbial succession in a sterilized restroom begins with bacteria from the gut and the vagina, and is followed shortly by microbes from the skin. Restrooms are dominated by a stable community structure of skin and outdoor associated bacteria, with few pathogenic bacteria ...More
    December 1, 2014 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Our Microbes are a Rich Source of Drugs, UCSF Researchers Discover
    A scientific team led by UCSF microbiome expert Michael Fischbach, PhD, identified more than 3,000 clusters of bacterial genes at different body sites that contain the blueprints for cellular factories that make drug-like molecules. One of the molecules discovered based on ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Home Microbiome Project Announces Results of Study on Household Microbes
    A study published in Science provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The study was conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. The results shed light ...More
    September 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Microbiome of the Human Hand is More Varied Than Previously Thought
    Microbial samples taken from populations living in the U.S. and Tanzania reveal that the microbiome of the human hand is more varied than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Microbiology. These findings suggest that the "standard" hand ...More
    May 12, 2014 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Battling Infection With Microbes
    A relationship between gut bacteria and blood cell development helps the immune system fight infection, Caltech researchers say. The human relationship with microbial life is complicated. At almost any supermarket, you can pick up both antibacterial soap and probiotic ...More
    March 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Microbes Inhaled from Air in New York City Subway Nearly Identical to Ambient Air in the Streets
    The microbial population in the air of the New York City subway system is nearly identical to that of ambient air on the city streets. This research, published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, establishes an important baseline, should it ...More
    April 24, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Looks at Microbial Differences Between Parents, Kids and Dogs
    As much as dog owners love their children, they tend to share more of themselves, at least in terms of bacteria, with their canine cohorts rather than their kids. That is just one finding of a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder that looked at the types and ...More
    April 17, 2013 Posted in News
  • Declaring a Truce with Our Microbiological 'Frenemies'
    Managing bacteria and other microorganisms in the body, rather than just fighting them, may be lead to better health and a stronger immune system, according to a Penn State biologist. Researchers have historically focused on microbes in the body as primarily pathogens that ...More
    March 28, 2013 Posted in News
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