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Microbiomes – News and Features

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Study Links High-Fat Diet to Increased Anxiety

When we’re stressed out, many of us turn to junk food for solace. But new CU Boulder research suggests this strategy may backfire. The study found that in animals, a high-fat diet disrupts resident gut bacteria.
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A Reflection on Global Fatty Liver Day 2024: How Organ-on-a-Chip Addresses R&D Challenges

To commemorate Global Fatty Liver Day, this article explores how organ-on-a-chip models are transforming liver disease research.
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Fathers' Influence on Newborn Gut Microbiota

A recent study indicates that fathers play a role in shaping the microbial composition of a newborn’s gut. The paper also investigated the use of maternal fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in aiding colonization in babies.
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Bacteria in the Human Microbiome Help Counter Salmonella Infections

Researchers have identified two mechanisms by which Klebsiella bacteria can combat the spread of Salmonella in the gut.
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Distinct Bacterial Communities Identified in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

Chronic lung diseases are often accelerated and exacerbated by polymicrobial infections. An international study team led by MedUni Vienna has identified two types of these so-called dysbioses in cystic fibrosis.
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Space Omics and Medical Atlas Database Could Enhance the Health of Earthlings

The Space Omics and Medical Atlas was developed as a biomarker tool to study the health of astronauts, but it could also benefit earthlings.
Bacteria in the gut.
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Transplanting Gut Microbes From Aged Mice Induces Age-Related Inflammation

When the gut microbes of aged mice were transplanted into young, germ-free mice, the recipients experienced an increase in inflammation, suggesting that the gut microbiome plays a role in the inflammation that occurs with aging.
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Digging Deep: Emerging Contaminants in Soil

Soil could be our planet's unsung hero, quietly working behind the scenes to keep everything in balance. This article will discuss some of the worrying emerging contaminants detected in soil and how scientists are rising to the analytical challenge.
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Digital Babies Created To Simulate the First 180 Days of Life

Whole-body models (WBMs) are computational models that integrate different types of multiomics data such as genomic, metabolic and proteomic insights, and have been created to simulate and study adult physiology and disease. WBMs for newborns, however, are currently lacking – until now.
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Opportunistic Bacteria Are More Abundant in the Microbiome of Mouthwash Users

After three months of daily use of an alcohol-based mouthwash, two species of opportunistic bacteria were significantly more abundant in the mouth. These findings provide evidence that mouthwash may have a detrimental effect on the oral microbiome.
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