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More than 200 square meters of our bodies — including the digestive tract, lungs, and urinary tract —…
A New Meaning for Strip Steak: Making Red Meat Safer to Eat

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Despite the rising popularity of plant-based burgers like the Impossible and Beyond, plenty of people still like the real deal.…
Cooking Food Alters the Microbiome

October 1, 2019

Scientists at UC San Francisco and Harvard University have shown for the first time that cooking food fundamentally…
Diet impacts the sensitivity of gut microbiome to antibiotics, study finds

September 24, 2019

Antibiotics change the kinds of bacteria in the mouse gut as well as the bacteria’s metabolism — but…
Obesity: Unusual Suspect

September 23, 2019

Obesity affects approximately 40 percent of Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While…
For gut microbes, not all types of fiber are created equal

September 20, 2019

Certain human gut microbes with links to health thrive when fed specific types of ingredients in dietary fibers,…
Fruit flies’ microbiomes shape their evolution

September 18, 2019

The expression “you are what you eat” has taken on new meaning. In an experiment in fruit flies,…
Use of antibiotics in preemies has lasting, potentially harmful effects

September 10, 2019

Nearly all premature babies receive antibiotics in their first weeks of life to ward off or treat potentially…
Native foods are key to preserving rodent gut bacteria in captivity

September 10, 2019

As Rodolfo Martinez-Mota well knows, from the cactus spines in his clothes and skin, white-throated woodrats love to…
The diet-microbiome connection in inflammatory bowel disease

September 10, 2019

Much remains mysterious about the factors influencing human inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but one aspect that has emerged…
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Disrupting the gut microbiome may affect some immune responses to flu vaccination

September 9, 2019

The normal human gut microbiome is a flourishing community of microorganisms, some of which can affect the human…
Remodeling unhealthful gut microbiomes to fight disease

August 29, 2019

You are what you eat — right down to the microbiome living in your gut. Diet can affect…
Stanford researchers probe the link between gut microbiota and cancer immunotherapy

August 29, 2019

Cancer immunotherapies have given patients with particularly intractable cancers new hope, but not everyone benefits. One such immunotherapy,…
Genetic risk is associated with differences in gut microbiome

August 28, 2019

Children with a high genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes have different gut microbiomes than children with…
Stanford launches major effort to harness the microbiome to treat disease

August 20, 2019

Stanford is launching a major new effort to harness the communities of microbes inhabiting our bodies – known…
Bug Buddies

August 19, 2019

Bacteria, like people, have complicated relationships: they can either be friendly, neutral or antagonistic toward each other, and…
Microbial Fingerprinting

August 19, 2019

How many stars are there in the observable universe? It was once deemed an impossible question, but astronomers…
These gut bacteria prevent mice from becoming obese. What could that mean for us?

July 26, 2019

Researchers at University of Utah Health have identified a specific class of bacteria from the gut that prevents mice from…
Allergy, Asthma Risk Are Increased by Microbial Compound in Infant Gut

July 23, 2019

A study of newborn infants has identified a compound produced by gut bacteria that appears to predispose certain…
Link found between gut bacteria, successful joint replacement

July 19, 2019

Having healthy gut flora – the trillions of bacteria housed in our intestines – could lower the risk…
For malnourished children, new therapeutic food boosts gut microbes, healthy development

July 12, 2019

A new type of therapeutic food, specifically designed to repair the gut microbiomes of malnourished children, is superior…
Researchers urge changes in the language of the microbiome

July 12, 2019

Philosopher Nicolae Morar was perplexed by various metaphors tossed about by scientists studying the human microbiome. Microbiologist Brendan…
Microbiotic Fuel

July 4, 2019

New research has identified a bacterium residing in the microbiomes of elite athletes that improves exercise capacity in…
Research redefines constipation

July 3, 2019

New research by King’s, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, finds that the public’s perception of constipation…
Reading the Signals of the Gut

July 2, 2019

Millions of people take probiotics with the goal of improving their digestion, but what if those bacteria were…
New Therapy Targets Gut Bacteria to Prevent and Reverse Food Allergies

June 25, 2019

Study finds altered gut microbiota in infants with food allergy; oral therapy to replenish bacteria prevented food allergy…
Targeting the Microbiome Could Improve Parkinson’s Therapy

June 21, 2019

For some people with Parkinson’s disease, Levodopa is a wonder drug, capable of eliminating almost overnight the tremors…
Study: unhealthy gut promotes spread of breast cancer

June 13, 2019

An unhealthy, inflamed gut causes breast cancer to become much more invasive and spread more quickly to other…
Microbiome Malefactor?

June 11, 2019

Changes in the gut microbiome have long been linked with Crohn’s disease and other forms of inflammatory bowel…
Just a Phage? How Bacteria’s Predators Can Shape the Gut Microbiome

June 10, 2019

The gut microbiome is a complex, interconnected ecosystem of species. And, like any ecosystem, some organisms are predators…
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