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2012-01-31 06:20:47

The first awardees for the pilot project grant program from The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine have been announced. The grants were open to BCM instructors, assistant professors and postdoctoral associates. Six researchers were chosen for the Microbiota Association Discovery award of $20,000 or the Host-Commensal Interaction Study award of $50,000. "The grants were created to support preliminary studies for faculty who are looking to...

2012-01-11 09:55:11

By analyzing how multiple microbial species act in concert in the gut, researchers see different patterns in lean and obese people For the first time, researchers have analyzed the multitude of microorganisms residing in the human gut as a complex, integrated biological system, rather than a set of separate species. Their approach has revealed patterns that correspond with excess body weight. The collection of microbes inside the human gut is a bustling network of genetic interplays and...

2011-12-07 22:32:28

Research presented at ASCB annual meeting New fluorescent labeling technology that distinguishes in a single image the population size and spatial distribution of 15 different taxa has uncovered new taxon pairings that indicate unsuspected cooperation -- and standoffishness -- between members of the microbe biofilm that covers teeth, according to a presentation on Dec. 7, at the American Society for Cell Biology's Annual Meeting in Denver. Members of the genera Prevotella and...

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...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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