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Microbiomes – News and Features

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Gardeners Benefit From Microbial Exposure That Boosts the Immune System

A one-month indoor gardening period increased the bacterial diversity of the skin and was associated with higher levels of anti-inflammatory molecules in the blood.
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Low Nutrient Environments Influence How Viruses Infect Bacteria

A new study finds that real-world conditions make a huge difference in how viral infection affects the host bacteria.
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Multiple Bacteria Species Associated With Pre-Term Birth Can Coexist in the Same Microbiome

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that multiple species of Gardnerella, bacteria sometimes associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV) and pre-term birth, can coexist in the same vaginal microbiome.
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Gut Bacteria Boosts Cancer Immunotherapy in Mice

A new strategy uses gut microbes to help unlock immunotherapy’s untapped cancer-fighting potential.
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Sweet Taste Receptor Helps Regulate Glucose Metabolism

The sweet taste receptor might be the first stop in a metabolic surveillance system for sugar, helping to regulate glucose metabolism.
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Pre- and Probiotic Supplements Increase Sensitivity to Social Considerations

The role of the gut microbiome in shaping human behavior is a rapidly growing area of interest. New findings suggest that people who change their gut microbiome to a state regarded as healthier become more sensitive to social considerations.
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Link Between Gut Microbes and Autism-Related Behaviors

Scientists at University of Utah Health have added to mounting evidence showing that microbes that live in our guts influence behavior. Specifically, they found that in mice, frequent gastrointestinal distress can reduce social behaviors.
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Keto Diet Boosts Effects of Antifungal Drug in Mice

A drug that treats fungal meningitis works for less than half of patients, but a new study in mice indicates a keto diet could improve the odds.
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Gut Bacteria Metabolite Battles Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Study highlights the molecular mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory effects of γKetoC, a gut bacteria-generated linoleic acid metabolite, using mice models.
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Exploring the Microbiome Reveals Novel Treatments for Genetic Disorders

A new CRISPR-Cas9 molecule produced by a bacterium in the gut microbiome could have clinical potential to treat genetic diseases.