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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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Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers

By | August 11, 2014

The pace at which bacterial groups take root in the gastrointestinal tracts of premature infants is more tied to developmental age than time since birth.

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Are Leishmania Protecting their Sand Fly Hosts?

By | July 23, 2014

The microbial contents of sand fly stomachs may have important consequences for the spread of leishmaniasis.

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Microbial Smog

By | February 3, 2014

Some 1,300 species of microbes, including some associated with allergies and lung disease, are adrift in Beijing’s thick smog.

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Gut Microbes and Autism

By | December 9, 2013

Dosing mice modeling autism with a human gut bacterium reversed some disorder-associated behaviors in the animals.

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Gut Microbes Treat Illness

By | July 10, 2013

Oral administration of a cocktail of bacteria derived from the human gut reduces colitis and allergy-invoked diarrhea in mice.

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Sick Mold

By | May 1, 2013

A virus that infects a crop-killing fungus can spread freely, opening the possibility of its use as a fungicide.

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Families and Dogs Share Microbiota

By | April 22, 2013

Spouses, children, and canine companions spread commensal bacteria to one another.

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Steak Linked to Heart Disease

By | April 10, 2013

Gut bacteria digest L-carnitine, a nutrient found in red meat, and produce a heart-harming molecule as a result.

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Vegetables’ Microbial Tenants

By | April 4, 2013

Researchers map the microbiota of supermarket produce

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