innovation, microbiology
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Jef Akst | Aug 24, 2017
A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 
Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons
Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons
Abby Olena | Aug 24, 2017
The composition of the gut microbiota varies by time of year and is more diverse than that of industrialized groups.
Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants
Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 16, 2017
An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Kerry Grens | Aug 14, 2017
A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Doctors’ Advice to Finish Antibiotics Overlooks Resistance
Doctors’ Advice to Finish Antibiotics Overlooks Resistance
Abby Olena | Aug 11, 2017
There is little evidence that full treatment durations discourage the development of drug-resistant bacteria.
Nature Index Identifies Top Contributors to Innovation
Nature Index Identifies Top Contributors to Innovation
Catherine Offord | Aug 9, 2017
New rankings highlight institutions that have produced large numbers of articles cited in others' patents.
Final Nail Hammered into NgAgo Coffin
Final Nail Hammered into NgAgo Coffin
Kerry Grens | Aug 3, 2017
The paper describing the gene-editing method is retracted.
Microbiology Professor Wanted for Murder
Microbiology Professor Wanted for Murder
Jef Akst | Aug 3, 2017
An arrest warrant has been issued for Wyndham Lathem of Northwestern University in connection with a stabbing death in Chicago.
Ebola Persistence Documented in Monkeys
Ebola Persistence Documented in Monkeys
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 17, 2017
In tissue samples from rhesus macaques, researchers find the virus in the same immune-privileged sites where Ebola has been found to persist in humans.
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Jul 17, 2017
At Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.