Microbes


  • 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
  • Human Microbe Study Provides Insight Into Health, Disease
    Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition. The finding, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...More
    March 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study How Skin Microbiome is Transmitted Between People
    The human skin is home to countless microorganisms that we can't see, but these microbes help define who we are. Our invisible passengers – known as the skin microbiome - contribute to our health in numerous ways including educating our immune system, protecting us from ...More
    March 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Research Reports First Results of Effort to Understand the Human Microbiome
    Earth Day may be more than a month away, but another, more personal, ecosystem has been shown to also be worth protecting—within our bodies are communities of microbes that affect the behavior of human cells hosting them. These communities, called the "microbiome," is so ...More
    February 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Biochip Technology Uses Tiny Whirlpools to Corral Microbes
    Researchers have demonstrated a new technology that combines a laser and electric fields to create tiny centrifuge-like whirlpools to separate particles and microbes by size, a potential lab-on-a-chip system for medicine and research. ...More
    January 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • Dust Plumes Power Intercontinental Microbial Migrations
    Along with pollutants from Asia, trans-Pacific dust plumes deliver vast quantities of microbes to North America, according to a manuscript published online ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. "We detected thousands of unique microbial ...More
    December 17, 2012 Posted in News
  • Germs in Space: Preventing Infection on Long Flights
    Atlantis astronauts happily shared the same air and small spaces, with a multitude of surfaces, on space shuttle mission 104 in 2001. They are, from the left, Charles O. Hobaugh, pilot; Janet L. Kavandi, flight engineer and mission specialist; and Steven W. Lindsey, ...More
    October 20, 2012 Posted in News
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