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Infants born at home have more diverse bacteria in their guts and feces, which may affect their developing immunity and metabolism, according to a study in Scientific Reports. Read more
Food waste contains valuable nutrients that can make soil healthier and more productive. Our research group at Colorado State University is working with Leprino Foods, a global supplier of dairy products, to explore the potential for transforming lactose – the natural sugar in milk – into a resource that can enhance agricultural sustainability. Read more
Trillions of bacteria call the human gut home. The bugs affect not only our digestion but our hormones and immune systems, too. Now researchers show most of the microbes that colonize mammals’ guts pass down from generation to generation. Read more
A study calculated that subterranean Martian lakes may produce enough oxygen to support aerobic microbes. At the poles there may even be “aerobic oases” capable of supporting multicellular, sponge-like creatures. Read more
A new study shows that infants that are breastfed for at least six months have less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gut compared with babies breastfed for a shorter time. On the other hand, antibiotic use by mothers increases the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in infants. Read more
Students at the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics (CMIT) and the Health Sciences and Technology program, two MIT-based initiatives, sought to discover how to stabilize the gut microbiome and separate the effects of diet and disease, thus allowing for deeper investigation into the link between the gut and human health. Read more
SIn a study, when mice ate broccoli with their regular diet, they were better able to tolerate digestive issues similar to symptoms of leaky gut and colitis than mice that were not placed on a broccoli-supplemented diet, according to Gary Perdew, the John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences, Penn State. Read more
Such a Noah’s Ark of beneficial germs would be gathered from human populations whose microbiomes are uncompromised by antibiotics, processed diets and other ill effects of modern society, which have contributed to a massive loss of microbial diversity and an accompanying rise in health problems. Read more
Parkinson’s destroys nerve cells in the brain, yet Dawson and others in the field theorize that it actually starts in the gut. People who eventually develop Parkinson’s often start out complaining of severe constipation. In fact, some Parkinson’s patients die from sepsis, which is the body’s reaction to an uncontrolled infection, due to constipation. Read more
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS commonly used in foods and drinks have a toxic effect on digestive gut microbes. According to a study published in the journal Molecules, researchers found that six common artificial sweeteners approved by the Food and Drug Administration and 10 sport supplements that contained them were found to be toxic to the digestive gut microbes. Read more
The order in which certain bacterial groups arrive in our gut after birth may have a lasting impact on how our microbiome looks in adulthood – and may be linked to later risk of chronic diseases, say researchers. Read more
Uncultured microbes—those whose characteristics have never been described because they have not yet been grown in a lab culture—could be dominating nearly all the environments on Earth except for the human body, according to a new study published in mSystems. Read more
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