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  • Pregnant
    Human placenta home to bacteria
    The human placenta – previously thought to be a sterile environment – has been found to contain a small but diverse amount of bacteria. According to a study published in the May 21 journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers...
  • Boy and his dog
    Dogs in the home may protect babies against allergies and asthma
    Previous studies have shown that kids who grow up with a dog in the house are less likely to develop allergies or asthma. A new study published in the Dec. 16 online Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests the reason why:...
  • Obesity transmitted from human fattening microbes
    Obesity transmitted from human fattening microbes
    Why overweight and obese people gain weight and how to shed it is one of the most prolific areas of written articles and perhaps metabolic research. The study the human gut microbiome and its impact on health and nutritional status is the focus of...
  • Mouth microbes
    Your toothbrush could give away your ethnicity
    Individuality is not only characterized by our unique fingerprints. It turns out that our DNA could code for the very bacteria we harbor in our mouths.Purnima Kumar, associate professor of periodontology at Ohio State University has uncovered this...
  • What's on your mind?
    Poop Pill
    October 3, 2013: Researchers today announce the arrival of a new pill. A pill containing human poop.There's no doubt, human fecal matter continues to generate an unprecedented excitement progressing with remarkable speed within the medical...
  • medical_pioneers
    Medical pioneers: What's on your mind?
    In a time when there's such a strong disconnect between medical science and the field, human fecal matter has managed to generate an unprecedented excitement progressing with remarkable speed.Take for example this recent experiment conducted...
  • Pee Power
    Power of urine
    If “use it up and wear it out” fits your lifestyle, you’ve certainly got many options. Creative folks across the Atlantic are working out the details, but have developed a new method to power small electrical devices utilizing...
  • Location of Lake Vida
    Oldest, coldest bacterial colony on Earth found in Antarctica
    Biologists, geologists, and ocean scientists from the United States and Australia reported what is to date the oldest known ice bound colony of living bacteria in the November 26, 2012, issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of...
  • Mars
    NASA developing engineered microbes to build a base on Mars
    According to an article in the New Scientist, when humans finally voyage to Mars, numerous specially engineered microbes may be part of the crew. The microbes would be used to create materials to build a Martian settlement, using local materials...
  • Cupriavidus metallidurans
    The bacterium that is a gold bioprecipitating microgadget
    Microbial gold is not a tag you will often see. But that is apparently what MSU professors Adam Brown and Kazem Kashefi have produced with their exhibit and scientific study "The Great Work of the Metal Lover". Brownhas referred to their...
  • Gulf Microbes
    Deep sea microbes help to clean up gulf oil
    A new study from researchers at the University of Rochester and Texas A&M finds that over a period of five months following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, oil-eating microorganisms have consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil...
  • Microbes found in volcano
    Microbes found in volcano
    A University of Colorado Boulder-led team has found organisms in one of the most extreme environments on Earth ... a volcano.Some volcanoes in South America have revealed, through DNA analysis, a handful of bacteria, fungi, and archaea living in...
  •  Human micro-biome, its role in human health and its interaction with the diet.
    February 22-23, 2012: workshop on the human micro-biome, diet, and health.
    The Institute of Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization, will hold a free seminar February 22th and 23th on the human micro-biome.The main focus will be on its role in human health and environmental interactions in a particular...
  • Rob Knight, CU-Boulder faculty, chemistry/biochemistry
    Diet not only affects us, but the microbes that call us 'home'
    Faculty of the University of Colorado were involved in a study led by the Washington University School of Medicine that shows intestinal microbial communities are greatly influenced by what the host eats.The host may be one of the 33 mammalian...
  • Sea lions, Sept. 1, 2009, Pier 39, San Francisco
    CDC inspections find many public swimming pools full of bacteria from urine and feces
    How many swimming pools in Sacramento have been tested for bacteria to see whether the chlorine is working? You have pools at elementary schools, high schools, and on college campuses here in Sacramento and Davis. But sunscreen comes off your...