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September 2022, Issue 2
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In-Depth Look at the Human Microbiome
Jef Akst | Sep 20, 2017
Hundreds of samples from microbes living in the gut, skin, mouth, and vagina add to the human microbiome “fingerprint.”
Secrets from Neanderthal Tooth Plaque
Jef Akst | Mar 9, 2017
Ancient hominins in northern Spain ate mushrooms, pine nuts, and moss, and may have used
mold and other natural products to sooth toothache pain.
Dental Microbes Not All in the Family
Tanya Lewis | Jun 20, 2016
Kids often acquire cavity-causing bacteria from non-family members, researchers report at the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting.
Mouth Microbes and Pancreatic Cancer
Catherine Offord | Apr 19, 2016
The mix of bacteria living in the oral cavity is related to a person’s risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to a study.
Telltale Mouth Microbes
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 9, 2015
The composition of the plaque microbiome can reveal a child’s risk of dental caries months before the decay appears, according to a study.
Breathing in Bacteria
Jenny Rood | Jan 22, 2015
The healthy lung receives microbes from the mouth, a new model suggests.
Sealed With a Kiss
Bob Grant | Nov 16, 2014
A single intimate smooch can transfer upwards of 80 million bacteria.
Week in Review: June 16–20
Tracy Vence | Jun 20, 2014
Early Neanderthal evolution; developing antivirals to combat polio; the mouth and skin microbiomes; insect-inspired, flight-stabilizing sensors
Mining the Mouth’s Many Microbes
Tracy Vence | Jun 18, 2014
The oral cavity contains several distinct and dynamic microbial communities, and some of these commensals may seed the body’s other microbiomes.
Mouth Microbes Influenced by Ethnicity
Tracy Vence | Oct 24, 2013
Researchers identify oral microbiome signatures that correlate with a person’s cultural background.
Mouth Microbe Turns Carcinogenic
Tracy Vence | Aug 14, 2013
Two studies peg down how a bacterium indigenous to the oral cavity can contribute to the development of colorectal cancer.
News from Cell
Cristina Luiggi | Dec 9, 2011
Some of the highlights from this year’s American Society for Cell Biology meeting, held earlier this week