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Gut Microbes Need Fiber, Too

By Karen Zusi | January 13, 2016

A low-fiber diet decimated the diversity of bacterial species in mice colonized with human gut microbes in a recent study.

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Birth of the Skin Microbiome

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 17, 2015

The immune system tolerates the colonization of commensal bacteria on the skin with the aid of regulatory T cells during the first few weeks of life, a mouse study shows.

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Blood-Gut Barrier

By Ruth Williams | 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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Exploring the Inner Universe

By Ashley P. Taylor | November 6, 2015

A new American Museum of Natural History exhibit introduces visitors to the microbes within their bodies. 

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Microbes Play Role in Anti-Tumor Response

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 5, 2015

Gut microbiome composition can influence the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy in mice.

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Microbiome Meals

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | October 1, 2015

Researchers identify a handful of genes that help bacteria in the mouse gut adapt to dietary changes.

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Local Microbes Give Wine Character

By Ruth Williams | September 24, 2015

Yeast strains from different regions of New Zealand generate wines with varying chemistries.

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Skin Microbes Help Clear Infection

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 16, 2015

In a small study, researchers find a link between an individual’s skin microbiome and the ability to clear a bacterial infection. 

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Telltale Mouth Microbes

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 9, 2015

The composition of the plaque microbiome can reveal a child’s risk of dental caries months before the decay appears, according to a study.

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Adapting to Elevated CO2

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | September 1, 2015

High carbon dioxide levels can irreversibly rev up a cyanobacterium’s ability to fix nitrogen over the long term, a study finds.

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