bioethics, microbiology
Companies Pursue Diagnostics that Mine the Microbiome
Companies Pursue Diagnostics that Mine the Microbiome
Andrea Anderson | May 22, 2017
Tests so far typically screen for risky patterns that may augment traditional types of clinical data.
Breast Milk Contributes Significantly to Babies' Bacteria
Breast Milk Contributes Significantly to Babies' Bacteria
Ashley P. Taylor | May 10, 2017
Thirty percent of bacteria found in babies' guts came from mothers' milk, a study finds.
Warmer Temps Tied to Altered Microbiome in Lizards
Warmer Temps Tied to Altered Microbiome in Lizards
Ashley P. Taylor | May 8, 2017
Bacterial differences after three-month temperature hikes, modeled after global warming predictions, were evident one year later, a study found.
Experts Skeptical of Plans for First Human Head Transplant
Experts Skeptical of Plans for First Human Head Transplant
Aggie Mika | May 1, 2017
Despite claims of preclinical success by a leading surgeon, doctors, scientists, and medical ethicists say the science is not ready.  
Future Homes May Have Bioreactive Walls
Future Homes May Have Bioreactive Walls
Benjamin Skuse | May 1, 2017
Researchers are redesigning the humble brick to produce electricity, to clean water and air, and to harvest valuable compounds.
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Jef Akst | May 1, 2017
The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.
Gut Microbes Contribute to Age-Associated Inflammation in Mice
Gut Microbes Contribute to Age-Associated Inflammation in Mice
Abby Olena | Apr 12, 2017
A mouse study reveals a causal link between changes in intestinal microbiota and increasing inflammation as the rodents age.
Behavioral Changes in Mice Given Antibiotics in Early Life
Behavioral Changes in Mice Given Antibiotics in Early Life
Jef Akst | Apr 10, 2017
Mice exposed to low doses of penicillin in utero or as young pups exhibited long-term behavioral differences not seen in their non-exposed counterparts, according to a study.
Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish’s Lives
Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish’s Lives
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2017
Recolonizing middle-aged animals with bacteria from younger ones kept killifish alive longer than usual, researchers report.
Details of First Three-Parent IVF Revealed
Details of First Three-Parent IVF Revealed
Bob Grant | Apr 3, 2017
The team that oversaw the first use of mitochondrial replacement therapy that resulted in a live birth has published an account of the procedure.