Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Work in rodents shows that the bacteria living in a mother’s gut can produce immunomodulatory metabolites and influence the production of maternal antibodies—both of which can affect her offspring’s development.
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring

Work in rodents shows that the bacteria living in a mother’s gut can produce immunomodulatory metabolites and influence the production of maternal antibodies—both of which can affect her offspring’s development.

Work in rodents shows that the bacteria living in a mother’s gut can produce immunomodulatory metabolites and influence the production of maternal antibodies—both of which can affect her offspring’s development.

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The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Bacteria in the gut influence the production of antibodies and themselves secrete metabolites. In a pregnant woman, these compounds may influence immune development of her fetus.
Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
Abby Olena | Jun 3, 2021
Researchers identify live bacteria in fetal guts, skin, lungs, and placentas that activate memory T cells, indicating that early exposure to microbes could help educate the developing immune system.
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Is Poised for a Makeover
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Is Poised for a Makeover
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2021
With multiple microbiota therapeutics in the pipeline for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection, clinicians foresee a shift in treatment options for the condition.
Manipulating the Microbiome to Manage Disease
Manipulating the Microbiome to Manage Disease
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Tecan | May 28, 2021
Cammie Lesser will discuss how she turns a probiotic into a drug-delivering machine, while Andrew Y. Koh will describe the connection between the gut microbiota and cancer immunotherapy efficacy.
LabTalk Podcast - Bugs with Drugs: Repurposing a Pathogenic Bacteria’s Weapon
LabTalk Podcast - Bugs with Drugs: Repurposing a Pathogenic Bacteria’s Weapon
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Apr 16, 2021
Cammie Lesser describes her research developing designer probiotics to deliver protein-based therapeutics to the gut.
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Catherine Offord | Mar 31, 2021
A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.
Alcohol, Bowel Movements May Confound Microbiology Studies
Alcohol, Bowel Movements May Confound Microbiology Studies
Max Kozlov | Nov 6, 2020
A review offers a glimpse of previously unconsidered variables that could hinder efforts to identify true correlations between disease and gut microbiome composition.
Fecal Transfer from Moms to Babies After C-Section: Trial Results
Fecal Transfer from Moms to Babies After C-Section: Trial Results
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2020
Tiny doses of maternal poo mixed with breast milk and given to Cesarean-born infants makes their gut microbiota resemble those of babies born vaginally.
Regulator of Mysterious Gut Antibodies Identified
Regulator of Mysterious Gut Antibodies Identified
Ruth Williams | Jul 31, 2020
A B-cell receptor critical for the production of a subset of intestinal antibodies has been pinpointed, but the function of those antibodies remains unclear.
A Citizen Scientist Makes Her Mark in Microbiome Research
A Citizen Scientist Makes Her Mark in Microbiome Research
Amy Schleunes | Jun 1, 2020
The BioCollective, a company that transforms whole stool samples into microbial metadata, is developing the US’s first national microbiome reference material.
Human Gut Virome Is Stable and Person-Specific
Human Gut Virome Is Stable and Person-Specific
Abby Olena | Oct 10, 2019
Most of the viruses present in people’s guts are bacteriophages, but how they interact with resident bacteria is still an open question.
Gut Microbe Linked to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Gut Microbe Linked to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Abby Olena | Sep 19, 2019
Researchers find strains of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae that produce high levels of alcohol in 60 percent of patients with the condition.
C-Sections Tied to “Stunted” Microbiota in Newborns: Study
C-Sections Tied to “Stunted” Microbiota in Newborns: Study
Shawna Williams | Sep 18, 2019
Research on hundreds of babies finds the delivery method is linked with a greater abundance of taxa more frequently seen in hospitals.
Gut Microbes Boost Flu Vaccine’s Success: Clinical Trial
Gut Microbes Boost Flu Vaccine’s Success: Clinical Trial
Abby Olena | Sep 5, 2019
Antibiotics disrupt the immune response to the influenza vaccine in people who haven’t recently had exposure to the virus or immunization.
Exercise Changes Our Gut Microbes, But How Isn’t Yet Clear
Exercise Changes Our Gut Microbes, But How Isn’t Yet Clear
Ashley Yeager | Aug 15, 2019
Physical activity, independent of diet, shifts the composition of bacteria in the intestines, spurring researchers to search for species that might provide benefits akin to working out.
Image of the Day: Tamed Gut Bacteria
Image of the Day: Tamed Gut Bacteria
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 8, 2019
Curbing the growth of harmful bacteria in mouse microbiomes reduces the animals’ incidence of inflammation-related colorectal cancer.
Mouse Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome More than Their Environment
Mouse Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome More than Their Environment
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 6, 2019
Neither the maternal microbiome nor housing conditions appear to permanently alter which microbes remain in the animals.
Does the Microbiome Help the Body Fight Cancer?
Does the Microbiome Help the Body Fight Cancer?
Catherine Offord | Jul 10, 2019
Research in mice and humans is beginning to establish a link between the composition of microbes in the gut and immune responses to tumor cells, but the mechanisms are not yet clear.
Gut Microbes May Play a Role in Mental Health Disorders
Gut Microbes May Play a Role in Mental Health Disorders
Ashley Yeager | Jul 5, 2019
The gut microbiome has been linked to depression, schizophrenia, and other neurological conditions, but it’s not yet clear whether the relationship is causal.