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Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?

By Katerina Johnson | May 1, 2018

Normal brain function may have evolved to depend on gut microbes and their metabolites.

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image: Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses

Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses

By Shawna Williams | April 9, 2018

The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.

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The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.

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Many Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect Gut Bacteria

By Catherine Offord | March 20, 2018

A new study finds that more than 200 human-targeted, non-antibiotic drugs inhibit the growth of bacterial species that make up part of the human microbiome.

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A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.

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Including microbiome composition in predictions of whether a person is obese can significantly improve their accuracy, according to an analysis.

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In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.

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image: Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders

Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders

By Abby Olena | February 2, 2018

In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 

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Contributors

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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image: Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

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