gut bacteria
Study: Babies’ Microbiomes Indifferent to Mode of Delivery
Study: Babies’ Microbiomes Indifferent to Mode of Delivery
Kerry Grens | Jan 24, 2017
Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies. 
A Drug-Resistant Superbug May Be Stealthily Spreading
A Drug-Resistant Superbug May Be Stealthily Spreading
Diana Kwon | Jan 18, 2017
Person-to-person transmission of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in US hospitals may be occurring without symptoms, a new study suggests. 
Amyloid Thwarts Microbial Invaders
Amyloid Thwarts Microbial Invaders
Anna Azvolinsky | May 25, 2016
Alzheimer’s disease–associated amyloid-β peptides trap microbes in the brains of mice and in the guts of nematodes, a study shows. 
Transplanted Fecal Microbes Stick Around
Transplanted Fecal Microbes Stick Around
Tanya Lewis | Apr 28, 2016
Donor bacteria coexist with a recipient’s own for three months after a fecal transplant.
Origins of Dysentery
Origins of Dysentery
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.
Breast Milk Sugars Support Infant Gut Health
Breast Milk Sugars Support Infant Gut Health
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 18, 2016
Oligosaccharides found in breast milk stimulate the activity of gut bacteria, promoting growth in two animal models of infant malnutrition.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2016
February 2016's selection of notable quotes
Gut Microbes Need Fiber, Too
Gut Microbes Need Fiber, Too
Karen Zusi | Jan 13, 2016
A low-fiber diet decimated the diversity of bacterial species in mice colonized with human gut microbes in a recent study.
Counting Cells
Counting Cells
Jef Akst | Jan 11, 2016
A person likely carries the same number of human and microbial cells, according to a new estimate.
Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity
Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity
Jef Akst | Dec 9, 2015
Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study.