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Smartphone experiment tracks whether our life story is written in our gut bacteria

Life events such as visiting another country or contracting a disease cause a significant shift in the make-up of the gut microbiota – the community of bacteria living in the digestive system, ...

Fri 25 Jul 14 from Medical Xpress

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The microbes make the sake brewery

A sake brewery has its own microbial terroir, meaning the microbial populations found on surfaces in the facility resemble those found in the product, creating the final flavor according to ...

Thu 24 Jul 14 from Phys.org

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Study suggests probiotic to prevent obesity possible

Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee have raised hopes for the possibility of developing of a probiotic to treat obesity and other chronic diseases. The team inhibited ...

Mon 28 Jul 14 from Gizmag

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Fighting bacteria—with viruses

Research published today in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and ...

Thu 24 Jul 14 from Phys.org

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Whitehead Institute Researchers Create "Naive" Pluripotent Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic stem cell (ESC) research has been hampered by the inability to transfer research and tools from mouse ESC studies to their human counterparts, in part because human ESCs are "primed" ...

Thu 24 Jul 14 from Newswise

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Protein evolution follows a modular principle

Proteins impart shape and stability to cells, drive metabolic processes and transmit signals. To perform these manifold tasks, they fold into complex three-dimensional shapes. Scientists at ...

Wed 23 Jul 14 from Phys.org

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When temperatures get cold, newly-discovered process helps fruit flies cope

Cold-blooded animals cannot regulate their body temperature, so their cells are stressed when facing temperature extremes. Worse still, even at slightly colder temperatures, some biological ...

Mon 21 Jul 14 from Phys.org

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Bacteria's bodies do whirlies to help them swim

Kidney-shaped Caulobacter crescentus bacteria swim with both their corkscrew propellers called flagella and their bodies, scientists say.

Tue 22 Jul 14 from ScienceNews

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Communication between nostril/skin microbiome bacteria can influence pathogen behavior

A team of scientists has made an important discovery about the molecular interactions that occur between generally benign species of Propionibacterium bacteria and the pathogenic bacterium Staphylococcus ...

Tue 22 Jul 14 from Medical Xpress

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Gut microbes help packrats eat poison

Antiobiotics and fecal transplants in desert woodrats shown that gut microbes can help plant-eaters metabolize toxins.

Mon 21 Jul 14 from ScienceNews

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