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Microbiomes – News and Features

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Burrowing Crabs Bring Much Needed Microbes to Mangroves

Fiddler crabs burrowing beneath arid mangrove forests help bring beneficial bacteria to an ecosystem in dire need of nutrients.
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Alcohol Consumption Can Alter Gut Microbes, but Not How You Might Think

Excessive alcohol consumption can cause bacterial overgrowth in the gut, but mouse studies found this imbalance doesn’t appear to play a major role in alcoholic liver disease risk.
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Monkeypox Added to Wastewater Screening Panel

An ongoing program that monitors wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and has effectively predicted subsequent surges in COVID-19 cases in San Diego has been expanded to detect the presence of monkeypox.
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Microbiome Molecule Can Induce Neuronal Inflammation

Research reports for the first time a pathway that begins in the gut and ends with a potent pro-inflammatory toxin in brain cells contributing to the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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Microbes Transported Around the Globe in Drought-Induced Dust

Research shows that higher concentrations of microbe-carrying dust are landing at lower elevations, where people are more likely to be hiking.
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High-Protein Diet Changes the Gut Microbiome and Triggers Immune Response

A new study from researchers at the University of Sydney has explored how 10 different diets – including those high in protein, carbohydrates and fat – affect the gut microbiota in mice.
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Low-Calorie Sweetener Created That Could Also Be Good to Your Gut

In the search for a better sweetener, researchers have found a low-calorie mixture that is as sweet as table sugar and, in lab experiments, feeds “good” gut microbes.
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Hop Aroma and Consequently Beer Impacted by Growing Environment

A study has found that beers brewed with the same variety of hops grown in different US states have different chemical properties and aroma profiles.
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Scientists Engineer E. coli From Stool Samples To Develop New Drugs

Researchers have genetically engineered E. coli bacteria isolated from stool samples to express therapeutic genes of interest, with the potential of transforming bacteria into resident medicine-producing factories within the gut.
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Probiotic Engineered To Restore Bile Salt Metabolism and Counter the Onset of Infection

Scientists have created a probiotic to restore bile salt metabolism, found in the gastrointestinal tract, to counter the onset and effects of Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI).
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