Honey bees tell friend from foe by gut bacteria

For a honey bee, knowing a nestmate from an invader is critical for survival. Chemical cues from shared gut microbial communities cue them in to who is who.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: gut-bacteria microbiomes honey-bees featured science-and-technology

Mice poop shows gut bacteria is key to sleep

Fecal transplants from mice with sleep apnea changes the gut microbiome of recipient mice, a new study shows. That reveals gut bacteria's link to sleep.

Eric Maze-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sleep microbiomes health-and-medicine sleep-apnea

Climate warming is altering animals' gut microbes, which are critical to their health and survival

The effect of a warmer climate on ecosystems and large and small vertebrates is being widely studied. But warmer temperatures seem to alter the microbes that live in and on these animals and plants.

Sasha Greenspan, Research Associate, University of Alabama • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  environment  ecology  microbiome

How a pregnant mouse's microbes influence offspring's brain development – new study offers clues

Microbes in the gut aren't just important for digesting your food. In pregnant women, these gut microbes are producing chemicals that are essential for proper brain development of the fetus.

Helen Vuong, Postdoctoral Scholar of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine biology microbiome microbes viruses pregancy virome vaginal-microbiome

Live bacteria spray is showing promise in treating childhood eczema

Can a naturally occurring skin microbe help millions who suffer from eczema?

Ian Myles, Head, Epithelial Therapeutics Unit, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  medicine  skin  microbiome  eczema  skin-microbiome  rash

When plants and their microbes are not in sync, the results can be disastrous

Just as humans can suffer from an imbalance of microbes in their gut, plants can suffer a similar syndrome in their leaves. This finding opens up new possibilities for improving food security.

Sheng-Yang He, University Distinguished Professor, HHMI Investigator, Michigan State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  agriculture  plants  microbiome  ecosystem  crops  microbiota  arabidopsis

‘Pill’ could sample bacteria while in your gut

Swallowing a tiny capsule could offer a full view of your GI tract and gut bacteria. The tiny tool could even scoop up bacteria and deliver them to doctors.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Aug. 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: gut-bacteria microbiomes medical-devices featured health-and-medicine medical-tests digestive-system

Biodiversity loss could be making us sick – here's why

Rich and diverse microbiomes in our local environment are important for keeping us healthy.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity microbiome gut-microbiome disease urban-life germs urban-biodiversity indoor-microbial-ecology

Do antibiotics in early life increase IBD risk later?

A new study with mice offers evidence that giving antibiotics to babies may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) later.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: antibiotics microbiomes childrens-health health-and-medicine medications irritable-bowel-syndrome

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