Researchers discover mysterious bacteria that break it down in the gut.
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Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.
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The microbiome is a treasure trove of information about human health and disease, but getting it to reveal its secrets is challenging, especially when attempting to study it in living subjects. A new genetic “repressilator” lets scientists noninvasively study its dynamics, acting like a clock that tracks how bacterial growth changes over time with single-cell precision.
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Study published in Science shows that gut microbes can chew up medications, with serious side effects.
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Harvard Ph.D. students explore the culture and science of food in the latest episodes of the Veritalk podcast. The talks cover veganism, gut health, food and diaspora, and childhood obesity.
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