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Gut bacteria orchestrate the transmission of overweight from mother to babe

Women who are overweight during pregnancy often deliver large babies by cesarean section, who have a greater chance of becoming overweight themselves as they grow older. A popular explanation for this mother-infant transmission of overweight is that the mother vaginally transfers "obesogenic" bacteria to her... click to read more

  • Anita L. Kozyrskyj | Professor at Dept Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, USA
Views 310
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 14, 2018
New and Improved! A supercharged antibiotic to fight superbugs

Have you taken an antibiotic lately? You're not alone. Almost one in two people will have been dosed with an antibiotic over the last year. Unfortunately, all this antibiotic use is causing the bacteria to become more and more resistant to the drug's effects. We... click to read more

  • Mark A. T. Blaskovich | Senior Research Officer at Centre for Superbug Solutions, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Qld 4072, Australia
Views 500
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Nov 9, 2018
Modern stressors of gut microbes

Our intestine is inhabited by a large and diverse community of microbes, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota, composed of more than a thousand different species. We (the host) and our microbiota coexist for better or worse. On one hand, maintaining a healthy relationship... click to read more

  • Emilie Viennois | Assistant Professor at Neuroscience Institute, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
  • Benoit Chassaing | Assistant Professor at Neuroscience Institute, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
Views 373
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 5, 2018
Drive out the “bad bugs” to prevent colon cancers

There is a microscopic society living within us. Our bodies are home to more than 100 trillion microorganisms, similar to the number of human cells in the body. Many of them reside in our gut. Most of the time, this microsociety - which includes hundreds... click to read more

  • Cynthia L. Sears | Professor at The Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Views 371
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 31, 2018
Bacteria under stress: cheating to survive

As scientists, we often think of bacteria as free-swimming, lone cells, growing in test tubes. Indeed, the majority of experiments are performed in this kind of environment. However, in reality, bacteria often grow in groups of cells, attached to surfaces. These cellular communities are social;... click to read more

  • Isabel Frost | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Center For Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, Washington, DC, USA
Views 438
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 15, 2018