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Athletes’ Microbiomes Differ from Nonathletes
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2017
Researchers are beginning to uncover a link between activity level and the microbial makeup of one’s gut.
Running on Empty
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2017
Regularly taking breaks from eating—for hours or days—can trigger changes both expected, such as in metabolic dynamics and inflammation, and surprising, as in immune system function and cancer progression.
Infographic: Cook Up an Exome-Based Diet
Ruth Williams | May 31, 2017
See how scientists designed food with amino acid compositions based on protein-coding regions in the genomes of mice and fruit flies.
Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens
Abby Olena | May 26, 2017
Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.
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
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
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.
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?
Jef Akst | May 1, 2017
The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.
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.