High-Fiber Diet Shifts Gut Microbes, Lowering Blood Sugar in Diabetics

A diet high in fiber can reshape the gut microbiome, helping people with type 2 diabetes stay healthy. A study published yesterday (March 8) in Science found that when patients with the condition ate a high-fiber diet, they had an abundance of microbial species that helped to reduce blood sugar and regulate weight compared with […]

The (still somewhat mysterious) science behind the microbiome

Fans of the ’90s cartoon “The Magic School Bus” may remember one of the show’s earlier episodes, where Ms. Frizzle and her class shrink down to take a journey through a sick student’s body. Along the way, they cross paths with the very bacteria responsible for the illness. The bacteria is actually part of the […]

The Germ and the Gene: Gut Bacteria Research Takes a Step Forward

The gut microbiota, the ecosystem of bacteria that lives inside the human gastrointestinal tract, has been recently shown to release chemical signals that can make alterations to our genes. Research conducted at the Babraham Institute near Cambridge demonstrated that certain bacteria among the microbiota release molecules called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). These acids were able […]

The Gut Microbiome and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Understanding the Connection

Research to date has established that the gut microbiome profoundly influences the host immune system1; furthermore, dysbiosis — an altered composition of the gut microbiome — has been observed in a range of disease states.2 This is not surprising, considering that approximately 90% of the cells associated with each human originate from commensal organisms, while […]

Researchers Target Specific Gut Bacteria to Control Inflammation in Mice Study of Colitis

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a way to target a specific population of bacteria that promotes gut inflammation in mice. While more studies are needed, they believe the discovery could lead to a new target for therapy development. Scientists refer to the strategy as the “precision editing” of the gut microbiome, which […]

NIH scientists find microbes on the skin of mice promote tissue healing, immunity

Insights may inform wound management techniques. Beneficial bacteria (link is external) on the skin of lab mice work with the animals’ immune systems to defend against disease-causing microbes and accelerate wound healing, according to new research from scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers […]

Gut Microbiome Assemblage Impacts Response to Cancer Immunotherapy

University of Chicago Medicine researchers report that specific microbiome assemblages can boost the response rate to immunotherapy for patients being treated for advanced melanoma. Their study (”The Commensal Microbiome Is Associated with Anti–PD-1 Efficacy in Metastatic Melanoma Patients”) is published in Science. “Anti–PD-1–based immunotherapy has had a major impact on cancer treatment but has only […]

Gordon receives Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award

Scientist honored for role in founding, leading field of gut microbiome research Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, a world-renowned scientist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur International Award for his role in founding and leading the field of gut microbiome research. Together with talented students and colleagues, Gordon’s […]

A New Antibiotic Weakness—Drugs Themselves Help Bacteria Survive

Antibiotics save lives, but they are not fail-safe. Even when microbes haven’t acquired drug-evading genetic mutations—a hallmark of antibiotic resistance—the medications don’t always clear infections. A new study identifies a surprising reason why: At infection sites, antibiotics change the natural mixture of chemicals made by the body in ways that protect infecting bacteria. They also […]


On September 13, 2017 researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts Medical School simultaneously published papers in Nature on the same intriguing topic: a link between autism and infection during pregnancy.

Gut bacteria could determine whether you develop PTSD

Molecular Biologists found that you’re more likely to develop PTSD if you lack in certain immune supporting bacteria

Gut microbes could help trigger multiple sclerosis

The trillions of bacteria that live in our intestines, known collectively as the gut microbiome, have been linked to maladies from eye disease to rheumatoid arthritis. Now, two new studies have added another disease: multiple sclerosis (MS)

The Next Big Performance Enhancing Drug: Bacteria From Elite Athletes’ Guts?

When Jonathan Scheiman describes his lab as “a lot of crazy shit,” he’s not kidding. For the last three years, the 35-year-old molecular biologist has been working at Harvard University studying the, um, stool of pro marathoners, ultra- runners, and Olympic rowers.

Two new studies support the link between the gut microbiome and multiple sclerosis

Previous research has found that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients may have a specific microbial signature in their gut microbiota that could impact disease pathogenesis.

Enterome’s EB8018, a First-in-class Drug Candidate Targeting Crohn’s Disease, Successfully Completes Phase I Study in Healthy Volunteers

ENTEROME SA, a pioneer of innovative therapies for microbiome-related diseases, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first Phase 1 clinical study with its lead candidate EB8018, a small molecule designed to block FimH, as a potential new orally-administered treatment for Crohn’s disease.

Scientists investigate the ‘black box’ of bacterial effects on the brain and behaviour

Researchers from McMaster University (Canada) had a clear question in mind when they conducted their recent experiment: if a mouse had its gut microbiota altered by antibiotics in early life, what would happen to its brain?

How gut bacteria saved ‘dirty mice’ from death

Even if you’re a clean freak, it’s hard to escape a decade of discoveries that some of the microbes naturally residing in your body—your microbiome—help keep you healthy.

Intestinal inflammation induced by oral bacteria

An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests certain types of oral bacteria may cause or exacerbate bowel disorders.

Faster metabolism makeover—nurturing your gut bacteria

Here’s how to take control of your cravings and lose weight for good by improving your gut health.

Evidence found of oral bacteria contributing to bowel disorders

An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests certain types of oral bacteria may cause or exacerbate bowel disorders.

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