Taconic Biosciences Launches TruBIOME™ to Create Animal Models with Custom Microbiome Profiles

Rensselaer, NY — April 15, 2019 – Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing genetically engineered rodent model solutions, announces the launch of TruBIOME™, a first of its kind solution enabling the generation and maintenance of mice with custom microbiome profiles. TruBIOME™ was developed to meet the research community’s need for a microbiome solution that […]


The 5th Annual Arrowhead Translational Microbiome Conference

The 5th Annual Arrowhead Translational Microbiome Conference (April 16-18 | Boston) recently announced a bonus track for their upcoming annual event, which is taking place in Boston on April 16-18. For additional details visit https://www.microbiomeconference.com/. NEW PRESENTATIONS: Ultra-high Resolution Microbiome Taxonomic Profiling Enabled by Novel High-throughput, High-resolution Assay Design Mark Driscoll, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief […]


Microbes May Take Some of the Blame for the Reproducibility Crisis

For the past several years, science has been plagued by what some consider a reproducibility crisis—the idea that many published studies don’t yield the same results when repeated by other scientists, or sometimes even by the same scientists. Surveys and studies have suggested myriad reasons such as unreliable reagents and cell lines, selective statistics, a […]


2019 FNIH Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences Winner Uncovered the Microbiome’s Critical Role in Immune Regulation

NORTH BETHESDA, Md., April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc. (FNIH) is delighted to name Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D., the winner of the 2019 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for blazing a trail in understanding the microbiome’s significant role in immune regulation. The human body houses trillions of microscopic […]


Taconic Biosciences Licenses the Wild Mouse Gut Microbiome from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

RENSSELAER, N.Y., April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing genetically engineered rodent model solutions, announces it has obtained a license to the Wild Mouse gut microbiome from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Investigators at the […]


Depression and the Microbiome

New research is regularly being published on the connection between the gut microbiome and the central nervous system (CNS) — together known as the gut-brain axis. Alterations in the composition of intestinal microbiota have also been associated with antibiotic use and the progression of infectious diseases. This Taconic Insight highlights the link between the microbiome […]


A review of 10 years of human microbiome research activities at the US National Institutes of Health, Fiscal Years 2007-2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary federal government agency for biomedical research in the USA. NIH provides extensive support for human microbiome research with 21 of 27 NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) currently funding this area through their extramural research programs. This analysis of the NIH extramural portfolio in human microbiome research […]


University of Calgary to lead pan-Canadian microbiome research core

The microbiome has an impact on every organ in the body. It is associated with every chronic disease that affects humans. For the past few years, research has focused on cataloguing what microbes are present on and in our bodies, and connecting those microbes to specific diseases. The next step is to find out how […]


Overcoming Challenges in the Clinical Development of Nutrition-Related Microbiome Interventions

Arrowhead Publishers has announced the return of their Nutrition track, sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser, to the 5th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference. This year’s nutrition track will have two complementary goals: to address the challenges faced by industry when undergoing clinical development for a microbiome-based intervention and current advances in the research, production and use of […]


Transforming medicine with the microbiome

ABSTRACT The study of microorganisms has been revolutionized by complementing the centuries-old art of microbiology with next-generation sequencing of complex bacterial communities (collectively termed “the microbiome”) within and around the eukaryotic host. Microbiome research initially focused on associations between certain microbial compositional features and human medical conditions. The field has quickly evolved, unraveling causative links […]


Jeffrey Gordon wins the Frontiers of Knowledge Award for pioneering microbiome research

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biology and Biomedicine category has gone in this eleventh edition to American researcher Jeffrey Gordon, for his fundamental discovery of the importance of the gut microbial community to human health, in the words of the committee. “Gordon and his team were the first to demonstrate the […]


Rederivation of Mouse Models at Higher Health Statuses

Rederiving murine research models is the process of transferring embryos from one animal into another which is either germ-free or hosts only specifically identified microbiota. This “resets” the health status of the line, allowing the offspring of mice or rats that were previously infected with either viruses, parasites, or bacteria to be used in research […]


The Secrets of Successful Venture Pitching: A New Workshop at the 5th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference

An important new workshop is taking place at the 5th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference (Boston | April 16-18, 2019). Dr. Lakshmi Balanchandra, the Founder of the Women’s Venture Capital Network and an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College’s Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, will be presenting What Investors Want, What Investors Notice and Value in […]


The most significant achievements in gut microbiome science in 2018

In 2018, the Gut Microbiota for Health (GMFH) digital community has reached an audience that includes scientists, healthcare professionals, and the general public, with 60,000 visits every month from all over the world. These changes reflect an increased awareness of how the gut microbiome influences health. Meanwhile, the number of publications focusing on the gut […]


Bacteria Making Headlines in 2018

In the last few months, multiple bacterial species have been making headlines. This review will outline three types of bacteria and how specific strains may prevent or encourage the development of bacterial infections: Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a gram-negative bacteria part of the Enterobacteriaceae family. E. coli in the Microbiome – Harmless strains of […]


Seasonal Cycling in the Gut Microbiome of the Hadza Hunter-gatherers of Tanzania

Researchers from Stanford University published a paper in Science titled “Seasonal cycling in the gut microbiome of the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania” which examines the relationship between diet, seasons, and the microbiome. The authors performed a longitudinal study on 350 stool samples collected throughout a year and a half and found that the microbial population […]


2019 Microbiome Conferences

Are you looking for a microbiome conference or workshop? Many 2019 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 next year: Phage Futures Congress The […]


Nature Biotechnology Publication: Translating microbiome futures

The publication of Translating microbiome futures is the culmination of more than a year’s work by Gaspar Taroncher-Oldenberg, Consultant in Residence at Global Engage and Susan Jones, Senior Editor at Nature Biotechnology. Together they spoke with close to 150 key opinion leaders in microbiome R&D, venture capital, and regulatory agencies. Then on May 23, 2018, […]


Mouse Microbiomes Are Mostly Inherited

A mouse’s gut microbiome is, largely speaking, inherited and alters very little throughout multiple generations, according to a long-term study of caged wild mice published in Science today (October 25). While this vertical transmission predominates in the given experimental setup, the study also reveals that certain genera of bacteria could spread horizontally from cage to […]


QIAGEN announces winners of 2018 Microbiome Awards competition

Two extraordinary young scientists honored with prizes and more than $100,000 in support for research into the impacts of microbial communities on human health Hilden, Germany, and Germantown, Maryland, October 17, 2018 – QIAGEN today announced the winners of its fifth annual 2018 Microbiome Awards, a competition for outstanding researchers working on diverse aspects of […]






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