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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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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-Depth Look at the Human Microbiome

By Jef Akst | September 20, 2017

Hundreds of samples from microbes living in the gut, skin, mouth, and vagina add to the human microbiome “fingerprint.” 

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Microbe Maven

By The Scientist Staff | July 17, 2017

Meet Scientist to Watch Emily Balskus, who studies the microbes that inhabit humans.

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Viruses of the Human Body

By Eric Delwart | November 1, 2016

Some of our resident viruses may be beneficial.

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Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 12, 2016

Byproducts of gut microbes in some 1-month–old babies trigger inflammation that is linked to later asthma development, researchers find.

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Hot Off the Presses

By Bob Grant | July 1, 2016

The Scientist reviews Serendipity, Complexity, The Human Superorgasism, and Love and Ruin

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Your Office Has a Distinct Microbiome

By Amanda B. Keener | July 1, 2016

Researchers detail the major factors shaping the microbiomes that surround us while we work.

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Students Study Their Own Microbiomes

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2016

Pooping into a petri dish is becoming standard practice as part of some college biology courses.

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National Microbiome Initiative Launched

By Tanya Lewis | May 13, 2016

The White House announces a new effort to study diverse microbial communities around the planet.

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