Contributors
Contributors
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Contributors
Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2020 issue of The Scientist.

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2020 issue of The Scientist.

gut microbiome
The Infant Gut Microbiome and Probiotics that Work
The Infant Gut Microbiome and Probiotics that Work
Jennifer T. Smilowitz, Diana Hazard Taft | Jun 1, 2020
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?
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.
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.
Gut Microbiome Composition Linked to Human Behavior
Gut Microbiome Composition Linked to Human Behavior
Amy Schleunes | Jun 1, 2020
A study uncovers connections between the bacteria in our guts and our social lives.
The Influence of Soil on Immune Health
The Influence of Soil on Immune Health
Jef Akst | Jan 8, 2020
Recent work in humans and mice highlights how exposure to environmental microbes helps protect against allergies and other inflammatory diseases.
Scientists Criticize Mouse Study of New Alzheimer’s Drug
Scientists Criticize Mouse Study of New Alzheimer’s Drug
Emily Makowski | Nov 13, 2019
Oligomannate, recently approved in China, is being met with some skepticism from researchers.
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 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.