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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...

2010-09-07 11:32:00

HOUSTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov) today announced expanded funding of the Baylor College of Medicine Human Microbiome Project clinical program initiated last year at Texas Children Hospital (www.texaschildrens.org). The program will receive $3.4 million over three years to broaden the current study of pediatric abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome. A key question will be how human microbes affect pain signaling in the...

2010-08-24 15:13:09

Home to a diverse range of microorganisms, a healthy human body contains at least tenfold more bacteria cells than human cells. The most abundant and diverse microbial community resides in the intestine, and changes to the gut microbiota are linked with diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. In a report published online today in Genome Research (www.genome.org), researchers have analyzed the long-term effects of gut bacterial transplantation in rats, revealing crucial...

2010-06-10 15:14:54

At birth, your body was 100-percent human in terms of cells. At death, about 10-percent of the cells in your body will be human and the remaining 90-percent will be microorganisms. That makes you a "supraorganism," and it is the interactions between your human and microbial cells that go a long way towards determining your health and physical well-being, especially your resistance to infectious diseases. To learn more about the community of symbiotic microbes that outnumber our own somatic...

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2010-05-22 09:13:54

Diversity of human microbes greater than previously predicted The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) on Thursday published an analysis of 178 genomes from microbes that live in or on the human body. The researchers discovered novel genes and proteins that serve functions in human health and disease, adding a new level of understanding to what is known about the complexity and diversity of these organisms. The human microbiome consists of all the microorganisms that reside in or on the human body....


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