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What is the function of bacteria in the human mouth?

Most of the data available so far identifies bacterial species that tend to be associated with healthy versus diseased oral cavities but not much is known about exactly what health-associated ones do apart from keeping out the disease-associated ones. 2,394 more words


How far are we from having our bacteria engineered to reduce obesity?

Refers to: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160827162200.htm

Though we’re still far from knowing enough to precisely engineer human weight loss through gut microbe manipulations, ironically, at least one case study ( 1,736 more words


Life (2017). Film review; 3/5 stars for this busy science fiction horror.

Film review by Jason Day of Life, the sci-fi thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson 

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What ramifications has current research on the human microbiome yielded (besides pre- and probiotics)?

Among the ramifications of current human microbiota research perhaps nothing could be more important than to reconsider what it even means to be a human being, to acknowledge that our individual identity isn’t quite what we’ve thought all along, that instead of autonomous entities we’re each an ecosystem, i.e., super-organisms, entities so dynamic as to even fundamentally alter, albeit temporarily, when we just change our diet or even just travel, perhaps even a… 2,421 more words


microb-man? Really? ...

Ok! Let’s say I’ll bite! What kind of lame “super-powers” would you have, if you were a microb-man?

Well, for starters it doesn’t sound like a great name for a super-hero! 243 more words

Antibiotic Resistance

The World in Your Belly Button

In Dr. Seuss’s literary classic, “Horton Hears a Who,” an elephant discovers an entire society of tiny people living on a small flower.

In the last 30 years, there’s been an explosion of interest in something nearly as fantastical as a Dr. 881 more words


Gut microbe mix may spark Parkinson’s

Magazine issue: Vol. 190, No.13, December 24, 2016, p.10 

Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/gut-microbe-mix-may-spark-parkinsons?mode=topic&context=69 (Article in Science News)

Summary: GUT IMPULSE Signals from gut microbes can activate immune cells called microglia (shown here in green) in the mouse brain, causing inflammation that’s characteristic of Parkinson’s disease.

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