noncoding RNA, microbiology
Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity
Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity
Jef Akst | Dec 9, 2015
Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study.
Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs
Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs
Kerry Grens | Dec 6, 2015
The popular type 2 diabetes drug may cause profound changes in patients’ microbiomes.
Obesity Alters Sperm Epigenome
Obesity Alters Sperm Epigenome
Karen Zusi | Dec 3, 2015
Moderately obese men display different epigenetic marks on their sperm than lean men, and bariatric surgery in massively obese men correlated with changes in sperm methylation.
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Kerry Grens | Nov 24, 2015
One large provider says the shortfall should clear up by early 2016.
Blood-Gut Barrier
Blood-Gut Barrier
Ruth Williams | Nov 12, 2015
Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.
Exploring the Inner Universe
Exploring the Inner Universe
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 6, 2015
A new American Museum of Natural History exhibit introduces visitors to the microbes within their bodies. 
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2015
The Psychology of Overeating, The Hidden Half of Nature, The Death of Cancer, and The Secret of Our Success
Microbesity
Microbesity
Jenny Rood | Nov 1, 2015
Obesity appears linked to the gut microbiome. How and why is still a mystery—but scientists have plenty of ideas.
Microbiome Meals
Microbiome Meals
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers identify a handful of genes that help bacteria in the mouse gut adapt to dietary changes.
Gut Bacteria Linked to Asthma Risk
Gut Bacteria Linked to Asthma Risk
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Four types of gut bacteria found in babies’ stool may help researchers predict the future development of asthma.