microbiota
Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity
Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2015
Microbes identified in a city’s sewage treatment plants correlate with the population’s obesity rate, a study shows.
Commensal Defense
Commensal Defense
Kate Yandell | Jan 8, 2015
Beneficial gut bacteria have evolved resistance to antimicrobial peptides that hosts release to fight pathogens.
Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers
Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers
Kate Yandell | Aug 11, 2014
The pace at which bacterial groups take root in the gastrointestinal tracts of premature infants is more tied to developmental age than time since birth.
Are <em>Leishmania</em> Protecting their Sand Fly Hosts?
Are Leishmania Protecting their Sand Fly Hosts?
Ruth Williams | Jul 23, 2014
The microbial contents of sand fly stomachs may have important consequences for the spread of leishmaniasis.
Microbial Smog
Microbial Smog
Jef Akst | Feb 3, 2014
Some 1,300 species of microbes, including some associated with allergies and lung disease, are adrift in Beijing’s thick smog.
Gut Microbes and Autism
Gut Microbes and Autism
Jef Akst | Dec 9, 2013
Dosing mice modeling autism with a human gut bacterium reversed some disorder-associated behaviors in the animals.
Gut Microbes Treat Illness
Gut Microbes Treat Illness
Chris Palmer | Jul 10, 2013
Oral administration of a cocktail of bacteria derived from the human gut reduces colitis and allergy-invoked diarrhea in mice.
Sick Mold
Sick Mold
Beth Marie Mole | May 1, 2013
A virus that infects a crop-killing fungus can spread freely, opening the possibility of its use as a fungicide.
Families and Dogs Share Microbiota
Families and Dogs Share Microbiota
Kate Yandell | Apr 22, 2013
Spouses, children, and canine companions spread commensal bacteria to one another.
Steak Linked to Heart Disease
Steak Linked to Heart Disease
Kate Yandell | Apr 10, 2013
Gut bacteria digest L-carnitine, a nutrient found in red meat, and produce a heart-harming molecule as a result.