Defined Microbiome Profiles Can Improve Mouse Model Predictability

It is well documented that the microbiome can impact both the development of disease and the efficacy of therapeutics. The microbiome also is consistently cited as a significant contributor to preclinical study variability and reproducibility, in part due to its effects on a mouse model’s predictability. With a strong incentive to better understand the role […]


Landmark paper calls for need to develop the world’s microbiome biobanking infrastructure

A team of scientists led by CABI’s Dr. Matthew Ryan has outlined a series of challenges and opportunities presented in a necessary review of how microbiomes—biological communities including bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, protists and viruses—can be ‘banked’ and preserved for generations to come. The researchers, who call for a prioritized list of what should be […]


On-Demand Webinar: Breed Vs. Buy: What’s The Right Choice For Your Lab?

How do you determine whether to buy laboratory rodents from a commercial vendor or to produce them with an in-house breeding colony? This is dependent on your lab’s specific situation and research needs. Check out this webinar at your leisure to hear from a panel of experts at Taconic Biosciences who will discuss the critical […]


On-Demand Webinar: Genetically Engineered Mouse Colitis Models for Preclinical Drug Development

Genetically engineered mouse colitis models are increasing the flexibility and predictive validity of preclinical colitis models in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research. These powerful tools are increasingly supplementing or replacing traditional chemically induced models (e.g. DSS- or TNBS-induced colitis), and offer important translational and mechanistic insights in IBD drug development. View this webinar to learn […]


Update on the Upcoming “Virtual” Translational Microbiome Conference

The 6th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference is carrying on as a “VIRTUAL” event this year on April 21st through the 24th. We’ve recently adjusted our agenda to accommodate a virtual event. Here are a few details regarding this event in case you’d like to join us: 4 days of learning via our virtual conference platform […]


Webinar Q&A — Microbiological Monitoring of Germ-Free and Gnotobiotic Colonies

Dr. Paula Roesch recently presented a webinar on microbiological monitoring of germ-free and gnotobiotic colonies. Taconic Biosciences has decades of experience in this area and Dr. Roesch presented a thorough look at all aspects of the process, starting from tools and approaches to process validation and monitoring and moving into isolator monitoring techniques. She even […]


On-Demand Webinar: Microbiological Monitoring of Germ-free and Gnotobiotic Colonies

In order to maintain germ-free colonies, researchers must implement specialized techniques and husbandry requirements not needed in standard vivariums. This is critical to prevent contamination within a gnotobiotic facility. Download this webinar to learn about appropriate validation of supply sterilization and recommended monitoring techniques for germ-free and gnotobiotic isolators. By watching you can learn: Autoclave, […]


Webinar Q&A — Controlling the Macroenvironment: A Novel Approach to Germ-free Derivations

Dr. Cristina Weiner recently presented a webinar featuring a novel approach to germ-free derivations. She discussed the importance of understanding baseline performance and making incremental process improvements as well as how Taconic Biosciences developed and implemented a new facility design which supports improved germ-free derivation success. Q: You stated during the presentation that, on balance, […]


Time For Better Microbiome Research

The microbiome needs no introduction – it has been several years since you could pick up a biomedical research journal and not run into an article on possible connections of human gut bacteria and disease. There were thousands of such papers last year alone. But it’s a very hard field to work in. You can […]


On-Demand Webinar: Controlling the Macroenvironment – A Novel Approach to Germ-free Derivations

Download this webinar to learn a novel approach to germ-free derivations outside of the limitations of an isolator — an approach focused on control of the macroenvironment. Dr. Cristina Weiner, VMD, MS, DACLAM, presents and shares how applying cleanroom technology to gnotobiotic animal husbandry has resulted in the improved success of germ-free derivations. By watching […]


2020 Microbiome Conferences

Are you looking for a microbiome conference or workshop? Many 2020 conferences are outlined on our event’s page with differing agendas and meetings in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, these educational summits provide an opportunity to network and meet your peers. Here are the first few microbiome conferences of this year: Rhode Island Microbiome Symposium […]


Webinar Q&A — Validated Il10 Knockout Models for IBD Research

Dr. Philip Dubé recently presented a webinar on validated Il10 knockout mouse models for IBD research. He gave an overview of research in this area and presented new data on these models from studies done by Boehringer Ingelheim and Incyte. Due to time constraints, many of the questions submitted during the webinar went unanswered. This […]


The emergence of microbiome centres

As microbiome science expands, academic centres scramble to fill many needs, from service provider to industry liaison. A newly created network aims to share strategies and accelerate knowledge transfer, and invites others to join the efforts. Microbiomes — assemblages of interacting microorganisms, such as bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses — are increasingly recognized as being […]


Microbiome Centers – Input Wanted

Jonathan Eisen is compiling a list of Microbiome Centers from the US and elsewhere. Jonathan had previously done this and have no made a new effort in part in association with a meeting of Microbiome Centers organized by Jen Hughes Martiny and others of the UC Irvine Microbiome Initiative. He would love suggestions for other […]


Genetic Background of Mice Influences Microbiome

The microbiome continues to be an important topic in both human health research and in popular culture. The microbiome is cited as a factor in multiple diseases, neurological conditions, and immune responses to foreign pathogens. Specific compositions of gut commensal bacteria have been associated with an increased incidence of depression, varying responses to immunotherapies, and […]


Does the Microbiome Affect Immunotherapy Outcomes?

The microbiome consists of about 100 trillion microbes (microbiota) and their genomes. These are made of bacteriophage, fungi, bacteria, protozoa (single-cell eukaryotes), and viruses in the human body. They play an important role in health maintenance systems of the immune system, as well as in drugs and foreign substances (xenobiotics) metabolism. Researchers have discovered that […]


Weight Gain Could Be Linked To Gut Bacteria

UT Southwestern researchers have found a key driver of the crosstalk that helps synchronize the absorption of nutrients in the gut with the rhythms of the Earth’s day-night light cycle. Their findings could have far-ranging implications for obesity in affluent countries and malnutrition in impoverished countries. In the study, Dr. Lora Hooper and her research […]


A mouse’s metabolism may follow circadian rhythms set by gut bacteria

Mice (and maybe people) may metabolize food according to daily, circadian rhythms set by gut bacteria. Microbes in the small intestine of mice rhythmically dictate when fat is taken up by cells that line the organ, researchers report. The study, described in the Sept. 27 Science, details how gut microbes influence a host’s metabolism. If […]


Microbe Helps Hosts Exercise Longer

A recent study published in Nature Medicine reports on the correlation between rigorous exercise and the increase in abundance of a specific bacterial genus in the human gut microbiome. The collaborative group, which includes CRISPR-researcher George Church from Harvard Medical School, established a connection between the abundance of Veillonella atypica and an increased ability to […]


On-Demand Webinar: Ensure Reproducible Microbiome Profiles in In Vivo Research

Taconic Biosciences’ Marina Hanson DVM, PhD presents this exclusive webinar where she describes how TruBIOME™ enables the generation and maintenance of mice with defined custom microbiome profiles, including insight into the Wild Mouse gut microbiota. Watch today to learn: About the Wild Mouse gut microbiome and how it varies from the microbiota of standard laboratory […]






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