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image: Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain

Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain

By | November 19, 2014

Bacteria in the gut of a pregnant mouse strengthen the blood-brain barrier of her developing fetus.

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Sealed With a Kiss

By | November 17, 2014

A single intimate smooch can transfer upwards of 80 million bacteria.

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Week in Review: November 10–14

By | November 14, 2014

Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper

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DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated

By | November 11, 2014

Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.

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image: Stems Cells Ushered into Embryonic Development

Stems Cells Ushered into Embryonic Development

By | November 7, 2014

The right mix of mouse embryonic stem cells in a dish will start forming early embryonic patterns, according to two studies.

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Gut Microbiome Heritability

By | November 6, 2014

Analyzing data from a large twin study, researchers have homed in on how host genetics can shape the gut microbiome.

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Great Ape Microbiomes

By | November 6, 2014

Chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas harbor more microbial diversity in their guts than do humans, a study shows.

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image: Microbes Fight Chronic Infection

Microbes Fight Chronic Infection

By | October 22, 2014

Gut microbiome analysis reveals protective bacteria that enhance resistance to persistent Clostridium difficile infections.

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Jet Lag Upsets Gut Microbes

By | October 17, 2014

Frequent airplane travel may contribute to obesity by throwing off circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the intestinal microbiome, according to a new study.

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Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity

By | October 1, 2014

Taking multiple courses of common antibiotics before the age of 2 may increase a child’s risk of obesity.

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