There is growing evidence that the microbiome, that collection of all the microorganisms which inhabit an individual, can affect cognition and behavior.
‘So, what’s in the thermos?” I asked. I was standing in a lift at Washington University in St Louis, with Professor Jeff Gordon and two of his students, one of whom was holding a metal canister.
Writer Ed Yong has been chronicling the science of microbial life for years at such outlets as The New York Times, the Atlantic (where he is now a staff writer) and his blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science (currently hosted by National Geographic).
In the first experiment, Laura McCabe’s lab seemed to hit a home run. The physiologist and her team at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing were testing how a certain drug affects bone density, and they found that treated lab mice lost bone compared with controls.
Mouse models are extensively used in pharmaceutical and medical research, and the microbes in their intestine can have an impact on research. However, there is still insufficient information available about many bacteria in mice.
It’s clear that microbes play a crucial role in practically every aspect of ecosystems globally. From the deepest, most remote and unexplored regions of the ocean, to the human oral cavity, there are diverse microbial assemblages driving Earth’s biogeochemical cycles.
NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) is releasing a video titled “Microbiomics: The Living World In and On You” to highlight microbial research on the International Space Station.
Invisible yet crucial, our microbial partners add a gene-swapping plot twist to evolutionary theory.
Long-term antibiotic treatment in mice decreases levels of disease-causing plaques and enhances neuroinflammatory activity of microglial cells.
Bacteria have co-evolved with us for thousands of years. We now understand that they are closely linked to many aspects of health. But, in most cases, the complex influences of microbiota on our health is not yet functionally understood.
There is a report out from the American Academy of Microbiology that is based on the “Microbiology of the Built Environment” colloquium they hosted in September 2015.
What are microbiomes and how many do you have in your body? Read the comic or watch the video here: PHD Comics.
The “microbiome” is a bustling city of diverse and dynamic bacteria, and its potential for helping patients has scientists and researchers excited for the future.
The volume of published studies employing axenic or germ-free mice increased dramatically over the past 15 years, in part due to growing interest in microbiome research.
Let’s start with a definition: what is the microbiome? Simply put, the microbiome is the collection of microbes (mostly bacteria) that live in and on your body.
Many microorganisms are “unculturable,” or at least not able to grow in known media. Now, a new tool enables researchers to predict what nutrients organisms need to thrive in the lab, eliminating most of the guesswork involved in setting up new cultures.
At a workshop held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) last September on the role of human microbiota in infectious disease, I was disheartened not to hear a single talk on the fungal community—the mycobiome.
Interest in the microbiome and its role in health and disease is a rapidly growing research focus for academic institutions, biotech and pharmaceutical companies.
Join us for a webinar on August 4, 2016 exploring the complex relationship between diet, exercise and the microbiome.
Abstract The mammalian gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a complex organ system with a twist—a significant portion of its composition is a community of microbial symbionts. The microbiota plays an increasingly appreciated role in many clinically-relevant conditions.
Intestinal microbiota determine severity of myocardial infarction in rats. We determined whether low molecular weight metabolites derived from intestinal microbiota and transported to the systemic circulation are linked to severity of myocardial infarction.
Abstract Microbial bioinformatics in 2020 will remain a vibrant, creative discipline, adding value to the ever-growing flood of new sequence data, while embracing novel technologies and fresh approaches.
Abstract Intestinal bacteria influence mammalian physiology, but many types of bacteria are still uncharacterized. Moreover, reference strains of mouse gut bacteria are not easily available, although mouse models are extensively used in medical research.
Abstract Background The effect that traditional and modern DNA extraction methods have on applications to study the role of gut microbiota in health and disease is a topic of current interest.
Abstract Encompassing the breadth of biodiversity in biomonitoring programmes has been frustrated by an inability to simultaneously identify large numbers of species accurately and in a timely fashion.