The Infant Gut Microbiome and Probiotics that Work
The Infant Gut Microbiome and Probiotics that Work
The gut microbiome is more malleable in the first two years after birth, allowing probiotics to make their mark. Can we exploit this to improve infants’ health?
The Infant Gut Microbiome and Probiotics that Work
The Infant Gut Microbiome and Probiotics that Work

The gut microbiome is more malleable in the first two years after birth, allowing probiotics to make their mark. Can we exploit this to improve infants’ health?

The gut microbiome is more malleable in the first two years after birth, allowing probiotics to make their mark. Can we exploit this to improve infants’ health?

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Infographic: The Changing Infant Gut Microbiome
Infographic: The Changing Infant Gut Microbiome
Jennifer T. Smilowitz, Diana Hazard Taft | Jun 1, 2020
The microbial makeup of a newborn baby’s intestines has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, and we are now beginning to understand how and why this matters.
Children of Extramarital Affairs Were and Are Rare: Study
Children of Extramarital Affairs Were and Are Rare: Study
Ashley Yeager | Nov 14, 2019
Using DNA data, researchers track family dynamics in Europe over the last 500 years and find socioeconomic status is related to married women having a child with a man other than their husband.
Southern White Rhino Born After Artificial Insemination
Southern White Rhino Born After Artificial Insemination
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 31, 2019
The successful delivery spells hope for the related northern white rhino, which is facing extinction.
Babies’ Genomes Identify Risks Overlooked by Newborn Screens
Babies’ Genomes Identify Risks Overlooked by Newborn Screens
Abby Olena | Jan 3, 2019
A trial called BabySeq, in which researchers performed genomic sequencing on 159 newborns, identified children susceptible to diseases that regular screening doesn’t look for.
Image of the Day: Snakes Alive
Image of the Day: Snakes Alive
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 19, 2018
Scientists have found the 99-million-year-old remains of a baby snake.
SSRI Consumption During Pregnancy Linked to Changes in Babies’ Brains
SSRI Consumption During Pregnancy Linked to Changes in Babies’ Brains
Ashley Yeager | Apr 9, 2018
MRI data suggest prenatal exposure to the medication increases the volume of brain regions vital to processing emotions.
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death
Catherine Offord | Mar 29, 2018
Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.
Flu and Whooping Cough Vaccines Don’t Harm Babies: Study
Flu and Whooping Cough Vaccines Don’t Harm Babies: Study
Kerry Grens | Feb 21, 2018
Infants whose moms received the shots when they were pregnant were no more at risk of dying or being hospitalized than other babies. 
Image of the Day: Dumbo Octopus Hatchling
Image of the Day: Dumbo Octopus Hatchling
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 21, 2018
The baby cephalopod looks and behaves like an adult from the moment it emerges from the egg.