A new tool for modeling the human gut microbiome

Bacteria linked to Crohn’s disease are difficult to grow in the lab, but MIT engineers have found a way.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine bacteria microbes disease research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih biological-engineering health-sciences-and-technology



Finch Therapeutics unleashes the power of the gut

The company is developing treatments that restore gut bacteria in people struggling with a range of diseases.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
July 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine bacteria startups microbes microbiology research drug-development school-of-engineering alumniae biological-engineering microboime

Bacteria and viruses are travelling the world on highways in the sky

The atmosphere has a microbiome of bacteria, viruses and fungi that travel around the world on highways in the sky.

Predrag Slijepcevic, Senior Lecturer in Biology, Brunel University London • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria microbiome microbes microbiology viruses

Is bar soap as gross as millennials say? Not really, and we're all covered with microbes anyway

Finally, an answer to a long-bubbling question: What works best – bar or liquid soap?

Michelle Sconce Massaquoi, Doctoral Candidate in Microbiology, University of Oregon • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  bacteria  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  microbiome  microbes  germs  soap

City compost programs turn garbage into 'black gold' that boosts food security and social justice

Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.

Sue Ishaq, Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Maine • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change soil microbes compost methane food-waste soil-carbon seattle gardening san-francisco social-justice equity landfills

‘Continuously active’ antiviral coating doesn’t quit

Continuously active disinfectants could be a new, longer-lasting weapon in the fight against viruses like the novel coronavirus.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria microbes viruses health-and-medicine coatings

Sourdough is having its moment, but how does it work?

Trying to make sourdough bread while staying at home during the pandemic? Check out this podcast to find out more about how sourdough works.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: food microbes featured science-and-technology

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