Priorities for the next 10 years of human microbiome research

Over the past decade, more than US$1.7 billion has been spent on human microbiome research. Major projects are under way in the United States, the European Union, China, Canada, Ireland, South Korea and Japan. This investment has confirmed the importance of the microbiome to human health and development. It is now known, for instance, that […]


The Human Microbiome Project expands the toolbox for studying host and microbiome interactions

Results from three long-term studies following host and microbiome characteristics during pregnancy and preterm birth, inflammatory bowel disease, and prediabetes have expanded our understanding of how humans and microbes interact and the resulting consequences for our health. The studies were funded as part of a second phase of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome […]


Transportation Affects Gut Microbiome of Laboratory Mice

Experimental controls are at the center of every quality experiment, and understanding the causes of microbiome variability is key to controlling for microbiome-related effects. Researchers that utilize murine models attempt to control for possible microbiome variability by ordering mice from the same vendor, using littermate controls, and employing co-housing strategies1. Given the ongoing research reproducibility […]


Cell Press: Cell Host & Microbe

The Human Microbiome has been a recent area of intense research, rapid progress, and exciting advances. Cell Host & Microbe has published a diverse array of exciting articles related to The Human Microbiome. In this Collection, we present a selection of recent research and review articles on the topic. Read more at Cell Press: Cell […]


How Antibiotics Affect Your Microbiome

The human gut microbiome is a complex, highly-evolved commensal community with an integral role in your response to disease and how well you maintain homeostasis. While commensal bacteria vary from person to person, a person’s specific microbiome should contain the same relative percentage of bacterial species over their lifespan. The balance of this community can […]


Do you know what’s in your water?

Most researchers know the pain of trying and failing to replicate a published experiment. This can result from something as simple as a poorly written methods section, in which important experimental details have been omitted. Barnett and Gibson recently called out the importance of an in vivo experimental detail that is commonly left out and […]


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 […]






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