gut microbes

  • Packing for our longest journey

    Transport required for space travel debated, but what to take?

    This piece first appeared in Cosmos Magazine in January 2020: we are republishing it in honour of World Microbiome Da...

    Features June 27, 2021
  • Don't laugh, fart science is important

    There is actually a lot farts can teach us about our gut.

    The humble fart could play an important role in our digestive health, say Australian scientists. So much so, they've ...

    ASC Edits September 17, 2019
  • Microbes may determine lemurs' resilience

    Ability to process a different diet helps adapt to change.

    The unique fauna of Madagascar is providing new information about the complexities of species survival in the face of...

    Animals June 16, 2019
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    Gut-brain link could change autism treatment

    Gene mutations could be the cause.

    A discovery by RMIT researchers has confirmed a gut-brain nervous system link in autism, opening a new direction in t...

    ASC Edits June 7, 2019
  • Call for a global microbial “Noah’s ark”

    Preserving gut diversity will save lives, researchers say, but only if worldwide action is taken ...

    A group of US scientists believes a global microbiota vault can protect the long-term health of humanity in much the ...

    Biology October 4, 2018
  • Mum’s antibiotics affect child’s IBD risk

    Antibiotic-damaged maternal microbiomes lead to big jumps in juvenile gut disease.

    Gut bacteria would appear to be on a roll.They account for about 95% of the microbiome, that cocktail of microbes w...

    Biology November 29, 2017
  • Hunter-gatherer gut bacteria may hold secret of a healthier diet

    Gut microbes that change with the seasons and include bacteria that have now disappeared.

    A long and detailed analysis of the faeces of one of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer societies is yielding...

    Biology August 24, 2017
  • Circadian rhythms and the microbiome

    The composition and activity of the microbiota exhibits rhythmicity.

    We’ve known that bacteria live in our intestines as far back as the 1680s, when Leeuwenhoek first looked through his ...

    Biology December 28, 2016
  • Yo-yo dieter?

    How gut microbes escalate weight gain after loss.

    As if losing weight wasn't hard enough. A mouse study shows resident gut microbes affect how much weight an obese mou...

    Biology November 25, 2016
  • How bugs in your gut can make you fat

    Tinkering with gut microbes causes more than a tummy ache.

    While there's no doubt calorific intake does affect weight gain or loss, we shouldn't underestimate the power of our ...

    Biology September 5, 2016
  • Gut bacteria influencing your mood?

    Intestinal bacteria can boost the body’s production of serotonin.

    Microbes in the gut do more than aid our digestion – they may also alter our mood. Elaine Hsiao and her team at Calte...

    Biology April 20, 2015
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