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Speaking of Science

By | February 1, 2016

February 2016's selection of notable quotes

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Microbesity

By | November 1, 2015

Obesity appears linked to the gut microbiome. How and why is still a mystery—but scientists have plenty of ideas.

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Adapting to Elevated CO2

By | 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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Pregnancy Stress Can Affect Offspring’s Microbiomes

By | June 17, 2015

A study in mice suggests stress during pregnancy can affect offspring's microbiota and brain metabolism.

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Contact Lenses Can Change the Ocular Microbiome

By | June 1, 2015

A study finds that wearing contact lenses may alter the composition of the bacterial community living on the surface of the eye.

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Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota

By | March 19, 2015

Increasing the abundance of a chemical some microbes use to communicate with one another can help reinstate beneficial bacterial populations in the guts of antibiotic-treated mice. 

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Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity

By | March 10, 2015

Microbes identified in a city’s sewage treatment plants correlate with the population’s obesity rate, a study shows.

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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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