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Absent microbial teachers and immunological hooliganism

The trillions of microbes that live in our gastrointestinal tract are known as the gut microbiome. It is an "acquired organ" of the body that is essential for the development of immune and metabolic systems and for nutrient digestion and absorption, among other things. As... click to read more

  • Jun Miyoshi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD), The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • Eugene Chang | Professor at Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD), The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 26, 2018
Collateral damage: antibiotics disrupt the balance in the gut

Bacteria are present everywhere, also on our body surfaces. The intestine provides optimal living conditions to a diverse microbial ecosystem, termed the gut microbiota. In the intestine, the microbes live in very close connection and constant interaction with the host, us. The connection between bacteria... click to read more

  • Katri Korpela | PhD student at Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, Immunobiology Research Program, University of Helsinki, Finland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 2, 2016
Fighting back antibiotic resistance: a new hope from the soil

Bacteria live in a hectic world. They need to find food and a happy place to live all while dividing every 20 or so minutes. To complicate things further, they must also outcompete the other bacteria they share a space with. In the human gut,... click to read more

  • Dan Kramer | PhD student at Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 24, 2016