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2013-11-05 11:45:51

Transferring the gut microbes from a mouse with colon tumors to germ-free mice makes those mice prone to getting tumors as well, according to the results of a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The work has implications for human health because it indicates the risk of colorectal cancer may well have a microbial component. "We know that humans have a number of different community structures in the gut. When you think about...

Skin Microbiome Shaped By Human Immune System
2013-10-29 13:50:14

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Our skin plays host to millions of beneficial and potentially disease-causing microorganisms; however, whether our immune system influences these microbial communities to prevent disease is unknown. In a study published online in Genome Research, researchers have explored the microbes living on the skin of patients with primary immunodeficiencies with eczema-like skin conditions. The human body contains many microbes, some of which are necessary for healthy...

Forensics May Rely On 'Microbial Clock' To Establish Time Of Death
2013-09-25 07:56:45

[ Watch the Video: Time Of Death Determined By Microbial Clock ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forensic scientists already have an extensive toolbox of techniques for determining the time of death in cases involving human corpses, but an intriguing new study led by the University of Colorado may just give them a new one. The findings, published in the new online science and biomedical journal eLIFE, describe a microbial clock that is essentially the lock-step...

2013-09-19 15:31:09

Microbial organisms associated with plant roots have far-flung global influences, from plant genetics to ecosystem health We often ignore what we cannot see, and yet organisms below the soil's surface play a vital role in plant functions and ecosystem well-being. These microbes can influence a plant's genetic structure, its health, and its interactions with other plants. A new series of articles in a Special Section in the American Journal of Botany on Rhizosphere Interactions: The Root...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.