Small molecule inhibitor prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical model

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have created a small molecule that prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical model. The inhibitor blocks the function of a key virulence enzyme in an oral bacterium, a molecular sabotage that is akin to throwing a monkey wrench into machinery to jam the gears. In the presence […]

New insights regarding how targeting the gut microbiome can improve longevity in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans

Previous research has shown the aging process and frailty may be associated with a perturbed gut microbiome in elderly people.

Core bacteria in the gut of horses showed some stability over time in study

Researchers have shown that a core bacterial community in the hindgut of horses shows some degree of stability over time when the animals are on a uniform diet.

Reality vs. hype: A macro look at the microbiome market

What hasn’t the microbiome been linked to in mice? For years, the potential therapeutic value of our so-called “second genome” has been celebrated in successive press releases from researchers around the world.

2017 Massry Prize Honors Microbiome Research Pioneers

Microbiome researchers Rob Knight, PhD, University of California San Diego, Jeffrey Gordon, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Norman Pace, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, will share this year’s Massry Prize, splitting the $200,000 honorarium.

Blueberries and black tea can help your gut bacteria fight the flu

A common gut bacterium may break down compounds found in blueberries, black tea and other foods to boost interferon and help your immune system fight the influenza virus

How a tick gut gene serves as a gateway for Lyme disease

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, may have some help from a gene found in the guts of infected ticks, according to a new study led by Yale researchers and published in Nature Communications.

How Bacteria in Your Gut Play a Role in Lupus

New research explores how the tiny organisms in your gut might be influencing your immune system and lupus disease activity


TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2017 /CNW/ – Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is pleased to announce its Grants-in-Aid and Innovations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Grant recipients.

Mice fed tryptophan develop immune cells that foster a tolerant gut

Immune cells patrol the gut to ensure that harmful microbes hidden in the food we eat don’t sneak into the body. Cells that are capable of triggering inflammation are balanced by cells that promote tolerance, protecting the body without damaging sensitive tissues.

Bacteria Expert: When To Play With Dirt, When To Say No To Antibiotics

Dads can’t win. If you let your kids roll around in the mud, then you’re negligent. If you keep them squeaky clean, then you’re not exposing them to enough healthy bacteria.

What fly guts could reveal about our health

Two Macquarie researchers are co-authors on a pair of intriguing papers about gut bacteria.

The Gut-Brain Highway: What Does It Mean for the Future of Mental Health Treatment?

Can your gut tell your brain how to feel? Well, in the last 10 or so years it has become increasingly clear that the health of gut is intrinsically linked to our emotions and mental health.

Introducing Microbiome Futures

Great expectations have been raised over the last two decades by advances made in unlocking the mysteries of the microbiome and by first inroads taken into harnessing the resulting scientific insights for wellness and therapeutic purposes.

First Scientific Study to Show Certain Gut Bacteria Associated with Improved Learning in Infants

It’s a competitive world out there and everyone wants to give their child the best advantage possible…turns out bacteria can give a child quite an advantage. Let me explain…


Biologists at the University of Connecticut and University of South Florida have found that a crucial window in the development of tadpoles may influence a frog’s ability to fight infectious diseases as an adult.

Bac-for good: Bacteria passed between generations benefits you more than others

Bacteria passed straight to children have more healthcare benefits than if they are transmitted via the surrounding environment, new Oxford University research reveals. Many insects and plant species carry beneficial bacteria, which provide a variety of services. Some provide nutrients, such as those living in aphids, the green and black fly which plague garden plants.

Microbes aren’t the enemy, they’re a big part of who we are

We have long believed that “good” immune cells recognise and defend against “bad” invaders. That’s why a large proportion of medicine has been directed at killing microbial enemies and conquering microbial infections.

What Happened to Our Microbiomes?

The microbiome is “in”. It’s even gotten its own NIH study, the sci-fi named “Human Microbiome Project”.

Essential Science: Big investments for human microbiome research

Moving from a field of academic research to commercialization, interest in the human microbiome has been accelerating over the past year with several big biotechnology companies involved. We take a look at the reasons why.

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