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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
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Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 15, 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
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 10, 2018
Gut bacteria drive yo-yo dieting

The American reality show "The Biggest Loser" features obese contestants that are competing for the strongest weight loss within the duration of one season of the TV series, which is rewarded with a cash prize. A wide audience has followed the show, and its concept... click to read more

  • Eran Elinav | Professor at Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 3, 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 225
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