microbiota
Pregnancy Stress Can Affect Offspring’s Microbiomes
Pregnancy Stress Can Affect Offspring’s Microbiomes
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 17, 2015
A study in mice suggests stress during pregnancy can affect offspring's microbiota and brain metabolism.
Contact Lenses Can Change the Ocular Microbiome
Contact Lenses Can Change the Ocular Microbiome
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 1, 2015
A study finds that wearing contact lenses may alter the composition of the bacterial community living on the surface of the eye.
Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota
Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 19, 2015
Increasing the abundance of a chemical some microbes use to communicate with one another can help reinstate beneficial bacterial populations in the guts of antibiotic-treated mice. 
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.