Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
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.
Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development

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.

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.

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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.
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.
Men with High HIV Risk Have Unique Gut Microbes, Inflammation: Study
Men with High HIV Risk Have Unique Gut Microbes, Inflammation: Study
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 8, 2019
The microbiomes of men who have sex with men are associated with greater immune system activation and promote elevated rates of viral infection in vitro.
Many Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect Gut Bacteria
Many Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect Gut Bacteria
Catherine Offord | Mar 19, 2018
A new study finds that more than 200 human-targeted, non-antibiotic drugs inhibit the growth of bacterial species that make up part of the human microbiome.
Environment, Not Genetics, Primarily Shapes Microbiome Composition
Environment, Not Genetics, Primarily Shapes Microbiome Composition
Jim Daley | Feb 28, 2018
Including microbiome composition in predictions of whether a person is obese can significantly improve their accuracy, according to an analysis.
In-Depth Look at the Human Microbiome
In-Depth Look at the Human Microbiome
Jef Akst | Sep 20, 2017
Hundreds of samples from microbes living in the gut, skin, mouth, and vagina add to the human microbiome “fingerprint.” 
Microbe Maven
Microbe Maven
The Scientist Staff | Jul 16, 2017
Meet Scientist to Watch Emily Balskus, who studies the microbes that inhabit humans.
Viruses of the Human Body
Viruses of the Human Body
Eric Delwart | Nov 1, 2016
Some of our resident viruses may be beneficial.
Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma
Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 12, 2016
Byproducts of gut microbes in some 1-month–old babies trigger inflammation that is linked to later asthma development, researchers find.
Hot Off the Presses
Hot Off the Presses
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2016
The Scientist reviews Serendipity, Complexity, The Human Superorgasism, and Love and Ruin
Your Office Has a Distinct Microbiome
Your Office Has a Distinct Microbiome
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 1, 2016
Researchers detail the major factors shaping the microbiomes that surround us while we work.
Students Study Their Own Microbiomes
Students Study Their Own Microbiomes
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2016
Pooping into a petri dish is becoming standard practice as part of some college biology courses.
National Microbiome Initiative Launched
National Microbiome Initiative Launched
Tanya Lewis | May 13, 2016
The White House announces a new effort to study diverse microbial communities around the planet.
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.
Weight's the Matter?
Weight's the Matter?
Mary Beth Aberlin | Nov 1, 2015
The causes and consequences of obesity are more complicated than we thought.
 
Lost Colonies
Lost Colonies
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2015
Next-generation sequencing has identified scores of new microorganisms, but getting even abundant bacterial species to grow in the lab has proven challenging.
People Emit Unique Microbial Clouds
People Emit Unique Microbial Clouds
Karen Zusi | Sep 23, 2015
DNA sequencing reveals personalized microbe communities in the air surrounding participants in a small study.