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Unknown Microbes Grown One By One Using New Technique
2014-06-25 03:39:00

Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech A new technique developed at Caltech helps grow individual species of the unknown microbes that live in the human body. Trillions of bacteria live in and on the human body; a few species can make us sick, but many others keep us healthy by boosting digestion and preventing inflammation. Although there's plenty of evidence that these microbes play a collective role in human health, we still know very little about most of the individual bacterial species...

Sharing A Common Microbiological Connection To Our Mobile Phones
2014-06-24 13:12:03

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online We might be more connected to our mobile phones than we think. According to recent research, such phones reflect a significant microbiological connection with their owners. The study focused on the collection of microorganisms on the items worn or carried by a person regularly. In a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation workshop in Princeton, New Jersey, researchers from the University of Oregon sequenced microbes from the dominant-hand...

2014-06-17 12:37:42

American Society for Microbiology Fecal microbiota transplantation --- the process of delivering stool bacteria from a healthy donor to a patient suffering from intestinal infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile --- works by restoring healthy bacteria and functioning to the recipient's gut, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The study provides insight into the structural and potential...

2014-06-17 12:25:17

Research demonstrates association between diversity of gut bacteria and survival WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), suggests that the diversity of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract of patients receiving stem cell transplants may be an important predictor of their post-transplant survival. A healthy gastrointestinal tract contains a balanced community of...

2014-05-12 13:47:13

Society for General Microbiology Microbial samples taken from populations living in the U.S. and Tanzania reveal that the microbiome of the human hand is more varied than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Microbiology. These findings suggest that the 'standard' hand microbiome varies depending on location and lifestyle. Results compared the microbes on the hands of women in the U.S. and Tanzania and found that organisms that have commonly been...

Breastfeeding Stimulates Beneficial Gut Bacteria Growth In Newborns
2014-05-08 09:53:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous research has linked being raised on breast milk to lower prevalence of obesity, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease later in life and a newly published study indicated that this positive effect could be due to breast milk’s promotion of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the new study found that breastfeeding stimulates the development of helpful lactic acid...

Newest Analysis For Human Microbiome Project Re-defines What's Healthy
2014-04-17 08:54:25

[ Watch The Video: Scientists Re-Define What’s Healthy In New Human Microbiome Project Analysis ] University of Michigan Health System Study in Nature shows wide variation in the collection of bacteria harbored by healthy adults As scientists catalog the trillions of bacteria found in every nook and cranny of the human body, a new look by the University of Michigan shows wide variation in the types of bacteria found in healthy people. Based on their findings in today's...

2014-03-12 11:32:47

The interactions of the gut microbiota in children with typical diabetes autoantibodies differ from that in healthy children. The fact that these differences already exist before antibodies are detectable in the blood adds to the growing evidence that microbial DNA, the so-called microbiome, may be involved in the development of autoimmune processes. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München have published their findings in the specialist journal Diabetes. As part of the BABYDIET...

Unraveling The Hidden Variation Of Bacteria
2014-03-07 13:02:27

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia This news release is available in Portuguese. Our intestines harbor an astronomical number of bacteria, around 100 times the number of cells in our body, known as the gut microbiota. These bacteria belong to thousands of species that co-exist, interact with each other and are key to our health. While it is clear that species imbalances may result in disease, it is unclear at what pace does each species in the gut evolves, a process that contributes to the...

2014-02-13 10:31:59

We are all aware of the health benefits of dietary fiber. But what is dietary fiber and how do we metabolize it? Research at the University of Michigan Medical School, the University of York's Structural Biology Laboratory, and institutions in Canada and Sweden, has begun to uncover how our gut bacteria metabolize the complex dietary carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables. Trillions of bacteria live in human intestines - there are about ten times more bacterial cells in the...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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