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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 364
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 362
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 31, 2018
Could our gut’s microbes be the guardians of our brain’s health?

In the same way as our genome contains the collection of all of our genes, we call microbiome the collection of microorganisms that have settled in our organism. Over the past decades, the gut microbiome, in particular, has been shown to affect our physical health:... click to read more

  • Margot Riggi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Section of Biology, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 432
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 10, 2018
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
Views 441
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 26, 2018
Killing C. difficile with targeted strikes

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes hundreds of thousands of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea cases every year, and these infections often prove fatal. Usually, C. difficile is unable to cause disease as the bacterium is kept in check by the friendly bacteria in the gut; the... click to read more

  • Joseph Kirk | Postdoctoral Research fellow at The Krebs Institute, MBB, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 24, 2018