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2011-10-21 13:49:25

In the October 20th edition of the journal Cell Host and Microbe, Drs. Claudia Plottel and Martin J. Blaser of the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center, and the Department of Biology at New York University, present a model for understanding how cancer evolves in humans based on an understanding of the bacteria living in our body, the microbiome. The authors suggest that the bacteria that reside in us play a crucial role in maintaining our health. This...

2011-10-11 09:15:53

World class scientist Professor Willem M. de Vos will explain next Monday how the microbes that are closest to our hearts — gut microbes — could underpin a new way of thinking about human biology. As well as looking at our own genes, we can now include those of our microbes in studies of human health and disease. This is a significant shift in the way we approach human biology. Gut microbes affect our health by producing vitamins, priming our immune system and contributing to...

2011-08-31 12:38:03

The digestive system is home to a myriad of viruses, but how they are involved in health and disease is poorly understood. In a study published online today in Genome Research (www.genome.org), researchers have investigated the dynamics of virus populations in the human gut, shedding new light on the gut "virome" and how it differs between people and responds to changes in diet. "Our bodies are like coral reefs," said Dr. Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine at the...

2011-08-02 19:30:00

The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Petrosino, builds on local expertise in the study of how the microbiota that colonize the human body (the microbiome) impact health and disease. The center is coordinating and leading research and development efforts in this area across the college, the Texas Medical Center and with collaborators from around the United States and abroad. Established in January of 2011,...

2011-07-26 06:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NuMe Health LLC, a biotechnology company developing evidence-based prebiotics designed to address specific health conditions, today announced that it has closed a series A-1 financing round and hired Dean P. Stull, PhD, as chief executive officer. The $675,000 financing was led by BVM Capital LLC and represents the first closing of a larger series A round. The funds from the financing will be used primarily to support corporate and product...

2011-04-20 21:28:25

Gut type can explain efficiency of uptake of nutrients and medicines "The three gut types can explain why the uptake of medicines and nutrients varies from person to person," says bioinformatician Jeroen Raes of the VIB and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, one of the two lead researchers in the study. "This knowledge could form the basis of personalized therapies. Treatments and doses could be determined on the basis of the gut type of the patient." Improved knowledge of the gut types could also...

2011-03-15 13:29:39

An interdisciplinary team of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital researchers will study the possible link between the human microbiome, the mitochondrial genome and premature birth with a four-year $600,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The grant is one of five nationwide designed to explore the biological mechanisms and causes of premature (preterm) birth, which occurs at a rate of 13 percent in the United States. Rates are even higher in African-American and...

2010-12-23 13:00:00

BOSTON, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists at the University of Tokyo have discovered that specific gut-dwelling bacteria control key immune cells that combat allergies and autoimmune diseases. The paper describing these findings was published in today's issue of the journal Science, and technology originating from the work is being advanced by start-up Vedanta Biosciences. Dr. Kenya Honda and colleagues initially showed that mice raised in sterile conditions had deficient levels...

2010-12-15 16:02:46

A mounting tide of scientific evidence suggests that the old adage from Aesop's fables "” "You are known by the company you keep" "” also applies to the trillions of microscopic bacteria and viruses that live on the human body. Humanity's invisible but constant companions "” more bacteria hang out on the palms of your hands than there are people on Earth "” is the topic of an article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly...

2010-12-13 13:39:00

The human body is home to a complex ecosystem of microbes increasingly recognized as having a critical role in both health and disease. Viruses can attack and change the composition of bacterial communities, yet little is known about how this might influence human health. In a study published online today in Genome Research (www.genome.org), scientists have performed the first metagenomic analysis of a bacterial immune system in humans over time, finding that the defenses of the oral...