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Even natural products can be harmful for the unborn child
Plant products ingested by pregnant women through their diet are broken down by the intestinal microbiota into chemical substances, some of which can cross the placental barrier and reach the fetus. (2020-05-26)
Antibiotic exposure in infants associated with higher risks of childhood obesity
Very young children exposed to antibiotics at an early age (from birth to 12 months) are associated with higher risks of childhood obesity and increased adiposity in early to mid-childhood. (2020-05-19)
Gut microbiome influences ALS outcomes
Harvard University scientists have identified a new gut-brain connection in the neurodegenerative disease ALS. (2020-05-13)
Gut ecology
For something that has evolved with us over millions of years, and remains part of our physiology over our entire lives, our gut microbiome, oddly, remains somewhat of a mystery. (2020-05-13)
Research shows even animals benefit from social distance to prevent disease
Microorganisms living inside and on our body play a crucial role in both the maintenance of our health and the development of disease. (2020-05-11)
Individualized mosaics of microbial strains transfer from the maternal to the infant gut
Researchers have used a microbiome 'fingerprint' method to report that an individualized mosaic of microbial strains is transmitted to the infant gut microbiome from a mother giving birth through vaginal delivery. (2020-05-08)
Study shows how microorganisms survive in harsh environments
In northern Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, microorganisms are able to eke out an existence by extracting water from the rocks they colonize. (2020-05-04)
Window to another world: Life is bubbling up to seafloor with petroleum from deep below
Microbial life is bubbling up to the ocean floor along with fluids from deeply buried petroleum reservoirs, reports a team of scientists from the University of Calgary and the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. (2020-05-01)
Coffee plants have a small but consistent core microbiome of fungi and bacteria
These scientists explored the tissues of coffee roots to look for signs of a 'core microbiome,' or for signs of microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, that form partnerships with the coffee plant. (2020-04-30)
Scientists explore links between genetics, gut microbiome and memory
Scientists have traced the molecular connections between genetics, the gut microbiome and memory in a mouse model bred to resemble the diversity of the human population. (2020-04-29)
Heat-friendly microbes provide efficient way to biodegrade plastic
Researchers in China have engineered a microbe that shows promise as the foundation of an efficient way to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common plastic fiber used to manufacture clothing and disposable consumer products. (2020-04-29)
Superoxide produces hydroxyl radicals that break down dissolved organic matter in water
According to a study published in Water Research in April 2020, superoxide produces hydroxyl radicals in lake water. (2020-04-29)
Mobile phones found to host cocktail of live germs, aiding spread of diseases
A new study warns mobile phones could be acting as 'Trojan horses' for coronavirus and urges billions of users worldwide to decontaminate their devices daily. (2020-04-28)
Sweet potato microbiome research important first step towards improving yield
Despite the importance of sweet potato, little is known about the sweet potato microbiome. (2020-04-22)
New ethane-munching microbes discovered at hot vents
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen have discovered a microbe that feeds on ethane at deep-sea hot vents. (2020-04-21)
Cable bacteria can drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation
The rice fields account for five percent of global emissions of the greenhouse gas methane, which is 25 times stronger than CO2. (2020-04-20)
What did scientists learn from Deepwater Horizon?
In a review paper published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, WHOI scientists review what they-- and their science colleagues from around the world--have learned from studying the spill over the past decade. (2020-04-20)
Small study shows paper towels much more effective at removing viruses than hand dryers
Research due to be presented at this year's European Congress on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) shows that using paper towels is substantially more effective than jet dryers for removing microbes when still contaminated hands are dried. (2020-04-16)
Study shows European coins have antimicrobial activity in contrast to banknotes
Research due to be presented at this year's European Congress on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) shows that European banknotes are more easily contaminated by microbes than coins. (2020-04-16)
Ludwig MSK study reveals bile metabolite of gut microbes boosts immune cells
A Ludwig Cancer Research study has discovered a novel means by which bacterial colonies in the small intestine support the generation of regulatory T cells--immune cells that suppress autoimmune reactions and inflammation. (2020-04-15)
Study reveals unique physical, chemical properties of cicada wings
Biological structures sometimes have unique features that engineers would like to copy. (2020-04-14)
Plants control microbiome diversity inside leaves to promote health
In a new study, published in the journal Nature, Michigan State University scientists show how plant genes select which microbes get to live inside their leaves in order to stay healthy. (2020-04-13)
Harnessing the power of electricity-producing bacteria for programmable 'biohybrids'
Someday, microbial cyborgs -- bacteria combined with electronic devices -- could be useful in fuel cells, biosensors and bioreactors. (2020-04-08)
New genetic tools expand capacity to investigate microbes
A team of international scientists has developed a suite of more than 200 new genetic techniques for using marine microbes to investigate a host of questions in biology. (2020-04-07)
Breakthrough in unlocking genetic potential of ocean microbes
Researchers have made a major breakthrough in developing gene-editing tools to improve our understanding of one of the most important ocean microbes on the planet. (2020-04-06)
Study finds fish have diverse, distinct gut microbiomes
The rich biodiversity of coral reefs even extends to microbial communities within fish, according to new research. (2020-04-01)
New metabolism discovered in bacteria
Microbiologists at Goethe University Frankfurt have discovered how the bacterium Acetobacterium woodii uses hydrogen in a kind of cycle to conserve energy. (2020-03-30)
Images reveal how bacteria form communities on the human tongue
Using a recently developed fluorescent imaging technique, researchers in the United States have developed high-resolution maps of microbial communities on the human tongue. (2020-03-24)
Even bacteria need their space: Squished cells may shut down photosynthesis
Introverts take heart: When cells, like some people, get too squished, they can go into defense mode, even shutting down photosynthesis. (2020-03-23)
Solving obesity: Could manipulating microbes offer an alternative to weight loss surgery?
In a new study, 'Temporospatial shifts in the human gut microbiome and metabolome after gastric bypass surgery,' recently published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, ASU researcher Zehra Esra Ilhan, ASU Biodesign professor Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown--and researchers from Mayo Clinic and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, have taken another step in understanding how the gut changes after gastric bypass surgery (also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery). (2020-03-13)
Microbes play important role in soil's nitrogen cycle
But different microbes have distinct roles to play, and environmental factors influence activity. (2020-03-11)
Microbes far beneath the seafloor rely on recycling to survive
Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reveal how microorganisms could survive in rocks nestled thousands of feet beneath the ocean floor in the lower oceanic crust. (2020-03-11)
Some domesticated plants ignore beneficial soil microbes
A review by biologists at UC Riverside and Washington State University, Vancouver finds that plant domestication has often had a negative effect on plant microbiomes, making domesticated plants more dependent on fertilizer and other soil amendments than their wild relatives. (2020-03-10)
New software tool fosters quality control of genome-scale models of metabolism
The lack of common standards and problems with reproducing and verifying existing datasets are widespread in the biotech community. (2020-03-05)
Intestinal microbes reprogram genetic activity of gut mucosa
Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem demonstrated in mice that intestinal bacteria reprogram DNA activity in cells of the gut mucosa and thus have a considerable impact on the development of the healthy gut. (2020-03-05)
Cover crops can benefit hot, dry soils
Soil gets more than just 'cover' from cover crops. (2020-03-04)
New model shows winners, losers among marine microbes in warming oceans
A changing climate is warming oceans, creating winners and losers among plankton and algae at the base of the food chain. (2020-03-03)
Hydrogen energy at the root of life
A team of international researchers in Germany, France and Japan is making progress on answering the question of the origin of life. (2020-03-02)
How three genes rule plant symbioses
A study published in Nature Plants, led by scientists from the John Innes Centre in the UK and the University of Toulouse/CNRS in France, describes the discovery of a common genetic basis for plant symbioses (2020-03-02)
Scientists discover new 'Jekyll and Hyde' immune cell
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have identified a rare, new cell in the immune system with 'Jekyll and Hyde properties.' These cells play a key protective role in immunity to infection but -- if unregulated -- also mediate tissue damage in autoimmune disorders. (2020-02-27)
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