Tag: microbes

Human Microbiome News

Human Microbiome News

Scientific American has published New Insights into the Human Microbiome . Of the half-dBozen microbiome articles in the journal, two studies stand out as being among the largest ever conducted on the gut microbes that inhabit healthy people’s large intestines and help with digestion and […]

Gut Bacteria and Metabolism

Gut Bacteria and Metabolism

New information from Science Friday: In a new study, researchers were able to make mice lean or obese by altering their gut bacteria. Jeffrey Gordon, an author of the study, discusses how the interaction between diet and the microbial community in our gut influences our […]

Meet your Microbes

Meet your Microbes

Field Guides “What we need is a full field guide to the microbes that live in and on people, so that we can understand what they’re doing to our lives. We are them; they are us.” (Jonathan Eisen) There’s work going on to define the microbial […]

Probiotics vs Antibiotics

Probiotics vs Antibiotics

Another interest post about probiotics from Radiolab. Before Probiotics My first encounter with probiotics occurred 40 years ago. Back then, I knew nothing of the term. My landlord had a serious medical problem: his tongue had quickly become swollen and extended it turned a dark […]

Probiotics for the Nose

Probiotics for the Nose

Science Friday does it again. Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that healthy sinuses are populated by a diverse population of bacteria, including Lactobacillus species. Study author Susan Lynch discusses whether a microbial spray might be a good cure for the sniffles. This Microbes […]

Chilling Out with Probiotics

Chilling Out with Probiotics

More probiotic news from Science Friday: Reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write of reducing anxiety and stress in mice by feeding them a probiotic-laced broth. Study author John Cryan discusses how the gut influences the brain, and whether the same […]

Viruses, Not Always a Bad Thing?

Viruses, Not Always a Bad Thing?

My beekeeping was greatly impacted by the virus soup that took out all my hives this last season. As a consequence, I’ve lately given viruses a bad rap, not discounting the virus versus virus stuff Randy Oliver writes about. But there’s another side to the […]

Probiotics – Not just a theory.

Probiotics – Not just a theory.

Here’s a neat TED talk about quorum sensing. It gives some insight into the basic processes and complex relationships all those good and bad bacteria form with the creatures they support as they fight it out for our life and health. Bonnie Bassler discovered that […]