Can predator-prey math help tweak gut bacteria?

A tried-and-true equation is helping researchers make a model of the gut microbiome. That could pave the way for one day tweaking it to boost health.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics digestive-system gut-bacteria mathematics microbiomes

Can transplanting poop viruses treat obesity and diabetes?

A fecal transplant of viruses shows promise in mice for treating obesity and type 2 diabetes, report researchers.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health-and-medicine diabetes feces gut-bacteria microbiomes obesity transplants viruses

Plant genes act as microbiome gatekeepers

Growing plants in germ-free chambers reveals how their genes curate their microbiomes, report researchers.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State • futurity
April 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology genes leaves microbiomes plants

Ulcerative colitis involves these missing microbes

New research finds depleted bacteria in the intestines of people with ulcerative colitis. The finding suggests supplements could ease the condition.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria crohns-disease digestive-system gut-bacteria intestines microbiomes

Vaping changes the microbes in your mouth

Vaping changes the oral microbiome and make users more prone to inflammation and infection.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine electronic-cigarettes infections inflammation microbiomes mouth

People’s skin microbiomes look alike under the surface

The bacterial microbiome of your skin's outer layer is likely unique. New research indicates that's not the case in the dermis, however.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria microbiomes skin

To save honey bees, tinker with their microbiomes?

Genetic engineered bacteria in the guts of honey bees could pump out medicines to protect the bees against Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
Jan. 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment bacteria bees conservation genetic-engineering insects microbiomes

Why a researcher tracked his own poop for a year

Why would someone study poop, much less their own? One such researcher explains in this video.

Duke University • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine feces microbiomes research

Child asthma flare-ups coincide with microbiome changes

There's a connection between the microbiome in the upper airway and a child's asthma severity, researchers have discovered.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine asthma bacteria childrens-health microbiomes

Bacteria change may vaccinate against gut diseases

Altering the microbiota may be a way to stave off chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the digestive tract, including IBD and Crohn's disease.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State • futurity
Dec. 12, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria digestive-system immune-systems intestines microbiomes vaccines

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