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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?
Mary Beth Aberlin | Nov 1, 2015
The causes and consequences of obesity are more complicated than we thought.
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
Karen Zusi | Sep 23, 2015
DNA sequencing reveals personalized microbe communities in the air surrounding participants in a small study.
Skin Microbes Help Clear Infection
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 16, 2015
In a small study, researchers find a link between an individual’s skin microbiome and the ability to clear a bacterial infection.
Gut Microbiome Heritability
Tracy Vence | Nov 6, 2014
Analyzing data from a large twin study, researchers have homed in on how host genetics can shape the gut microbiome.
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2014
When proverbs come true
The Body’s Ecosystem
Staff | Aug 1, 2014
Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.
Jef Akst | Apr 22, 2014
Researchers find that gender, education level, and breastfeeding can affect humans’ commensal microbial communities.
Gut Microbes May Impact Autoimmunity
Abby Olena | Nov 6, 2013
Researchers show that the prevalence of one genus of bacteria correlates with the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.