Salty Diet Helps Gut Bugs Fight Cancer in Mice: Study
Salty Diet Helps Gut Bugs Fight Cancer in Mice: Study
A high-salt diet suppressed the growth of tumors in a mouse model of melanoma, apparently because of an interplay between the gut microbiome and natural killer cells.
Salty Diet Helps Gut Bugs Fight Cancer in Mice: Study
Salty Diet Helps Gut Bugs Fight Cancer in Mice: Study

A high-salt diet suppressed the growth of tumors in a mouse model of melanoma, apparently because of an interplay between the gut microbiome and natural killer cells.

A high-salt diet suppressed the growth of tumors in a mouse model of melanoma, apparently because of an interplay between the gut microbiome and natural killer cells.

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Gut Microbiome May Help or Hinder Defenses Against SARS-CoV-2
Gut Microbiome May Help or Hinder Defenses Against SARS-CoV-2
Bianca Nogrady | Aug 31, 2021
The health of the microbial community is associated with COVID-19 severity, but it’s not yet clear if the relationship is causal.
Gut Fungi Hamper Radiation Therapy in Mice with Cancer
Gut Fungi Hamper Radiation Therapy in Mice with Cancer
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Aug 11, 2021
Depleting intestinal fungi allows radiation to effectively fight cancer, likely because the microbes influence the antitumor immune response.
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
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.
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.
Gut Microbes Help Coordinate Immune Activity in Mice
Gut Microbes Help Coordinate Immune Activity in Mice
Catherine Offord | Jul 29, 2021
The microbiota helps align a mouse’s innate immune system with its feeding patterns, prepping the animal to fend off infection when it’s most likely to be eating.
The Inside Guide: The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Host Evolution
The Inside Guide: The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Host Evolution
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2021
Bacteria that live in the digestive tracts of animals may influence the adaptive trajectories of their hosts.
Maternal Vaginal Fluids Mimic Microbe Transfer of Vaginal Birth
Maternal Vaginal Fluids Mimic Microbe Transfer of Vaginal Birth
Alejandra Manjarrez | Jun 23, 2021
Swabbing infants born by Cesarean-section with a gauze harboring their mother’s vaginal fluids made their skin and gut microbiota more closely resemble that of vaginally born babies.
Celine Frere Chases Dragons and Koalas to Learn How They Adapt
Celine Frere Chases Dragons and Koalas to Learn How They Adapt
Max Kozlov | Jan 1, 2021
The biologist at the University of Sunshine Coast in Australia wants to understand why some animal species adapt well to urbanization, while others fall flat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mouse Diets Affect How Gut Bacteria Interact with T Cells
Mouse Diets Affect How Gut Bacteria Interact with T Cells
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2019
An experiment delves into how the microbiome shapes immunity.
Do Commensal Microbes Stoke the Fire of Autoimmunity?
Do Commensal Microbes Stoke the Fire of Autoimmunity?
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 1, 2019
Molecules produced by resident bacteria and their hosts may signal immune cells to attack the body’s own tissues.