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How Do Infant Immune Systems Learn to Tolerate Gut Bacteria?
Diana Kwon | Jan 10, 2018
Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.
Bacteria Found in Women’s Upper Reproductive Tracts
Diana Kwon | Oct 17, 2017
A new study identifies microorganisms residing in the human fallopian tubes and uterus, but some researchers are skeptical of the findings.
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.”
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Jef Akst | Aug 24, 2017
A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome.
Study: Babies’ Microbiomes Indifferent to Mode of Delivery
Kerry Grens | Jan 24, 2017
Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies.
Infant Microbiome: Vaginal Delivery Versus C-Section
Jef Akst | Nov 27, 2016
A new literature review finds that even if babies born via Cesarean section have long-term health risks, as a number of past studies purport, it may not be a result of the procedure itself.
Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach
Tracy Vence | Mar 31, 2016
Boston-based Commense plans to develop microbial and nonmicrobial interventions aimed at improving child health.
Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes
Rob Knight and Jack Gilbert | Mar 3, 2016
On “vaginal seeding” and the challenge of evidence-based parenting
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.
Parsing the Penis Microbiome
Tracy Vence | May 29, 2014
Circumcision and sexual activity are but two factors that can influence the bacterial communities that inhabit male genitalia.