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TS Picks: October 17, 2016

By | October 17, 2016

Problematic dietary advice; the man whose cells were fixed with CRISPR; treating toads


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Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes

By | May 5, 2016

Maternal antibodies engender a receptive gut environment for beneficial bacteria in newborn mice.


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Behavior Brief

By | March 25, 2016

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research


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The Fungi Within

By | February 1, 2016

Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.


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The Mycobiome

By | February 1, 2016

The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.


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Blood-Gut Barrier

By | November 12, 2015

Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.


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Commensal Defense

By | January 8, 2015

Beneficial gut bacteria have evolved resistance to antimicrobial peptides that hosts release to fight pathogens.

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Microflora for Hire

By | December 1, 2014

The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.


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The Body’s Ecosystem

By | August 1, 2014

Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.


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Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

By | May 19, 2014

The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.


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