• The good bact-ear-ia

    Study identifies two microbiota as critical in the fight against middle ear infections in children.

    Good bacteria in the upper respiratory systems of children could help fight chronic middle ear infections, the leadin...

    Medicine November 9, 2021
  • The story of bird migration is written in poop

    The microbiome of bird changes depending on where it eats – even when it is half way round the wo...

    The story of bird migration is written in poop, according to a study published in Molecular Ecology.Bird poop is ...

    Birds September 28, 2021
  • Five gut stories for World Microbiome Day

    There’s an ecosystem inside you – and we’re learning more about it each day.

    Today, 27 June, marks World Microbiome Day. Microbes are deeply important for global environmental health, but they’r...

    Biology June 27, 2021
  • Healthy bacteria thrive in gut before birth

    Microbiota help healthy foetuses grow.

    Micro-organisms in the gut microbiome begin growing in foetuses as early as five months, new research shows.In a ...

    Biology October 20, 2020
  • Latrines: A tale of two cesspits

    Why ancient intestinal health is important now.

    Scientists have reported what they say is the first attempt to use the methods of ancient bacterial detection, pionee...

    Archaeology October 6, 2020
  • Why some people find it easier to lose weight

    Study highlights our uniquely individual responses.

    Ever wondered why some people can eat to their heart’s content while others agonise over every calorie and still stru...

    Body and Mind June 19, 2020
  • The origin of faeces

    How to tell dog poo from human poo.

    The archaeological record is littered – aha – with poo, a potential goldmine for insights into ancient health and die...

    Archaeology April 20, 2020
  • Playing in the right dirt can have a calming effect

    Research finds biodiverse soil makes mice less anxious.

    Microbes could be a link between healthy ecosystems and healthy people, according to a paper published in the journal...

    Body and Mind November 7, 2019
  • Caesareans linked to microbiome disruption

    Study finds babies more prone to colonisation by bacteria.

    Babies born by caesarean section are missing normal bacteria and their guts are colonised instead by bugs found in op...

    Health September 18, 2019
  • How many genes in the human microbiome?

    Spoiler alert: it’s a lot, according to an early study.

    There are likely more genes in the body than there are stars in the universe.KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY, via ...

    Biology August 15, 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
  • Household cleaners may make kids overweight

    Changes to gut biota found with regular use of disinfectants.

    Household cleaners could be responsible for making children overweight, by changing their gut microbiota, medical res...

    Body and Mind September 17, 2018
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