Microbes


  • 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
  • NIH Team Describes Protective Role of Skin Microbiota
    A research team at the National Institutes of Health has found that bacteria that normally live in the skin may help protect the body from infection. As the largest organ of the body, the skin represents a major site of interaction with microbes in the environment. Although ...More
    July 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • The Olympics of Germs: Mayo Expert Offers Tips on Avoiding Illness in Crowds
    Massive crowds from around the globe will mingle in London during the Olympics, and that means a world-class array of germs will mix with them. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert Gregory Poland, MD, offers several tips for avoiding illness when you are around lots of ...More
    July 26, 2012 Posted in News