Modeling the Microbiome

December 6, 2018

The gut microbiome -- the world of microbes that inhabit the human intestinal tract -- has captured the interest of scientists and clinicians for its critical role in health. However, parsing which of those microbes are responsible for effects on our wellbeing remains a mystery.

How Microbial Interactions Shape Our Lives

December 5, 2018

The interactions that take place between the species of microbes living in the gastrointestinal system often have large and unpredictable effects on health, according to new work from a team led by Carnegie's Will Ludington.

Altered Microbiome After Caesarean Section Impacts Baby's Immune System

December 1, 2018

Together with colleagues from Sweden and Luxembourg, scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have observed that, during a natural vaginal birth, specific bacteria from the mother's gut are passed on to the baby and stimulate the baby's

Identifying Bacteria to Improve Gut Health

November 28, 2018

Gut bacteria and golf may seem like a strange combination, but not to Sydney Bormann, a junior human biology major at South Dakota State University.

The Composition of Gut Bacteria Almost Recovers After Antibiotics

October 23, 2018

The trillions of bacteria in the human gut affect our health in multiple ways including effects on immune functions and metabolism. A rich and diverse gut microbiota is considered to promote health providing the human host with many competences to prevent chronic diseases.

Classifying Microbes Differently Leads to Discovery

October 13, 2018

Changing the way microbes are classified can reveal similarities among mammals' gut microbiomes, according to a new study.

The study, published in mBio, proposed an alternative method for classifying microbes that provides insight into human and environmental health.