12 leading scientists discuss the future direction of microbiome research worldwide

From: Nick Noaks (nnoakes@globalengage.co.uk) In October, leading international experts at the Microbiome Forum in San Diego commented on how research has been transformed over the last few years and go on to predict what treatments may become available

Comments on the 2nd World Congress on Targeting Microbiota in Paris, October 16-17 2014

From Dr. Bettina Pyndt Jørgensen, PhD Fellow at University of Copenhagen, we received a short summary of the recent microbiota conference in Paris, France.

Two New Centers Established to Study the Microbiome

In news today, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital announced the creation of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics. At the same time Washington University School of Medicine has created the Center for Gut Microbiome and Nutrition Research.


Two recent publications provide further evidence that the gut microbiota play a key role in disease progression, and additionally, the valuable role that germ free mice can play in helping to elucidate those key roles.


Excluded Flora Standard Allows for Models Free of Two Additional Commensal Organisms HUDSON, NY Oct 20, 2023 - Taconic Biosciences today announced that it has added the Excluded Flora (EF) standard to the set of precisely defined health standards applied to its production of laboratory mice and rats.

Susceptibility to Acute Hepatic Injury Might be Determined by your Microbiome

Submitted By: Dr. Martin Toft, Taconic Biosciences The list of pathologies impacted by the gut microbiota seems to get longer each day. It has been shown that the progression of chronic liver diseases is influenced by the intestinal flora,

Gut Microbiota and the Paradox of Cancer Immunotherapy

From: Nick Noaks A recent paper, co-authored by Susan Erdman, concluded that microbial engineering strategies using food-grade bacteria highlight alternative directions in cancer.

Memorandum signed between BIOASTER and TACONIC

BIOASTER and TACONIC signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of a novel mouse model. In practice, it is germ-free mice in which a bacterial strain or a complex gut microbiota may be implanted “on demand”.

Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

From: Nick Noaks (nnoakes@globalengage.co.uk) Published on 19 May 2014, The Scientist looked at research which is challenging the current understanding of the vaginal microbiome and revealing diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.

The secret life of anaerobes?

A discipline within translational microbiome research is to associate rodents with a particular microbiota of interest. Germfree mice are often used for this purpose,

Introduction to the virome

Do you also tend to primarily think of the microbiome as bacterial? Then I can recommend a introductory, yet very thorough, review article by Herbert W. Virgin, Washington University School of Medicine, where the current knowledge on the virome’s role in mammalian health and disease is summarized.

The Microbiome/Microbiota R&D and Business Collaboration Forum

The Microbiome/Microbiota R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: - San Diego 2 & 3 October The flourishing sphere of metagenomics has allowed researchers to delve into the diversity of the body’s microbiota with findings that the microbiome is a home for diversity

In Gut We Trust for Reduction and Refinement

From: Hansen, A.K.1, Bacteriological quality assurance programs includes screening for a range of specific bacteria, which are only included because they are cultivable, and for some, such as Corynebacterium kutscheri, Salmonella and Streptobacillus moniliformis, have not been encountered for decades.1-3

The new microbial mindset

My five-year-old knows more about the human microbiome than I did at the time I started my university studies. He knows that a myriad of bacteria live on the inside and outside of our bodies.


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