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Flagellated rod-shaped bacteria live on intestinal tissue.
Clostridia to the Rescue
Some commensal bacteria help shore up intestinal walls in mice, which can prevent food allergies.
Clostridia to the Rescue
Clostridia to the Rescue

Some commensal bacteria help shore up intestinal walls in mice, which can prevent food allergies.

Some commensal bacteria help shore up intestinal walls in mice, which can prevent food allergies.

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Infographic: Engineering Microbiomes with CRISPR
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 2 min read
Researchers are using CRISPR for precise genetic manipulation of human-associated microbes as a promising avenue for improving human health.
cartoon gut microbes
Standardizing Gut Microbiome Studies
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Jan 24, 2024 | 2 min read
NIST has spent years developing a human fecal reference material.
Spatial Relationships in Developmental Biology
Spatial Relationships in Developmental Biology
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, discover how scientists use spatial biology approaches to investigate human development and disease. 
Setting Standards for Stool
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Jan 19, 2024 | 10+ min read
Microbiome studies have yielded hundreds of ideas for ways to detect and influence human health, but the field struggles with reproducibility challenges that hamper bringing these goals to fruition. Identical tubes of fecal matter should help.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Abruptly Altered the Infant Microbiome
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Jan 4, 2024 | 4 min read
Microbial diversity in the infant gut shrank suddenly during the first lockdown, but the lasting health effects are less clear.
Spatial Multiomics Reveal Microbiome-Linked T Cell Modulations in Human Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Spatial Multiomics Reveal Microbiome-Linked T Cell Modulations in Human Graft-Versus-Host Disease
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, Benton Berigan will highlight the value of combining multimodal data, including spatial information, to understand complex immunological processes.
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To Boldly Go Where No Squid Has Gone Before
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Dec 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Jamie Foster’s space-faring squid and its symbiotic bacteria illuminate host-microbe communication.
3d illustration of microscopic close up showing viruses and intestine villus into digestive tract.
The Viral Microbiome
Ida Emilie Steinmark, PhD | Nov 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Humans harbor both bacteria and viruses that help keep us healthy. Soon, they might cure us too.
Learn about the latest research on optimal vaccine-induced immune responses
Modulating the Immune Response to Vaccines
The Scientist | 1 min read
Researchers uncover innovative natural approaches to fine-tune immunity from vaccination.
The Vaginal Microbiome is Finally Getting Recognized
Hannah Thomasy, PhD, Drug Discovery News | Sep 25, 2023 | 10+ min read
Vaginal dysbiosis has long been a taboo subject, but studying and optimizing the vaginal microbiome could be a game changer for women's health.
Doctor in rubber gloves wiping injection site on arm of little girl before vaccination
Vaginal Delivery Promotes Early Childhood Vaccine Response
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | Aug 8, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers showed that the delivery method affects the microbiome and plays a role in the infant vaccine immune response.
Discover the microbiome’s role in diabetes 
A Question of Balance: How the Gut Microbiome Influences Diabetes
The Scientist | 1 min read
The presence of beneficial or detrimental microbes pulls the host toward health or disease.
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A Probiotic to Protect Caribbean Corals
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Aug 1, 2023 | 2 min read
A bacterial strain from healthy corals could slow the progression and prevent transmission of the destructive stony coral tissue loss disease in the wild.
Illustration of gut microbes
Microbial Menace in Cancer Patients
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jul 5, 2023 | 2 min read
Fyza Shaikh investigates how microbes shape cancer patients’ health and recovery.
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One Sequence, Many Variations
Van Andel Institute | 5 min read
Andrew Pospisilik explores the epigenetic changes that give organisms the plasticity to change in response to their environments.
Vet giving vaccines to pigs
Antimicrobial Resistance: The Silent Pandemic
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Jun 30, 2023 | 9 min read
Scientists continue to ring alarm bells about the risks associated with the continued misuse of antimicrobials and advocate for innovative treatments, improved surveillance, and greater public health education.
Man in blue shirt holding a paper representation of the intestines
Gut Bacteria Contribute to Anorexia
Kamal Nahas, PhD | May 1, 2023 | 3 min read
Microbiomes transplanted from women with anorexia nervosa into mice enhanced symptoms of the eating disorder, such as rapid weight loss and reduced appetite.
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Exposed: Environmental Echoes in Health - A Special Podcast Series
The Scientist and Van Andel Institute | 2 min read
Epigenetic experts discuss how environment and diet leave lasting impressions on the human genome.
One hand holding the other, depicting pain in the joints
A Bacterial Culprit for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hannah Thomasy, PhD, Drug Discovery News | Apr 27, 2023 | 4 min read
Scientists identified a species of Subdoligranulum that may drive disease.
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