inflammation, microbiology
Gut Microbes Contribute to Age-Associated Inflammation in Mice
Gut Microbes Contribute to Age-Associated Inflammation in Mice
Abby Olena | Apr 12, 2017
A mouse study reveals a causal link between changes in intestinal microbiota and increasing inflammation as the rodents age.
Behavioral Changes in Mice Given Antibiotics in Early Life
Behavioral Changes in Mice Given Antibiotics in Early Life
Jef Akst | Apr 10, 2017
Mice exposed to low doses of penicillin in utero or as young pups exhibited long-term behavioral differences not seen in their non-exposed counterparts, according to a study.
Image of the Day: Long-Distance Messaging
Image of the Day: Long-Distance Messaging
The Scientist Staff | Apr 6, 2017
After an inflammatory injury occurs in the brain, astrocytes release extracellular vesicles that travel to the liver and trigger an immune response.
Viral Trigger for Celiac Disease?
Viral Trigger for Celiac Disease?
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 6, 2017
A common, seemingly benign human virus can trigger an immune response that leads to celiac disease in a mouse model, researchers show. 
Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish’s Lives
Study: Microbes from Young Fish Extend Older Fish’s Lives
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2017
Recolonizing middle-aged animals with bacteria from younger ones kept killifish alive longer than usual, researchers report.
Fat’s Influence on Cancer
Fat’s Influence on Cancer
Jef Akst | Apr 3, 2017
Researchers at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting discuss the roles of adipose tissue and inflammation in the growth and spread of tumors.
In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny
In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 29, 2017
Corbiculate bees and their gut-dwelling microbes have been coevolving since the social species evolved from their solitary ancestors around 80 million years ago, scientists suggest. 
Oxford University to Study Marijuana
Oxford University to Study Marijuana
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2017
Academics partner with a biotech firm to investigate cannabinoids and develop potential therapeutics.
Inflammation Drives Gut Bacteria Evolution
Inflammation Drives Gut Bacteria Evolution
Ruth Williams | Mar 16, 2017
Viruses within Salmonella rapidly spread genes throughout the bacterial population during a gut infection, scientists show.
Key Regulator of Intestinal Homeostasis Identified
Key Regulator of Intestinal Homeostasis Identified
Diana Kwon | Mar 3, 2017
SP140, an epigenetic reader protein mutated in a number of autoimmune disorders, is essential for macrophage function and preventing intestinal inflammation, scientists show.