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Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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Eating specially-colored muffins could reveal whether you have inflammatory bowel disease

Eating blue muffins can reveal health of gut #microbiome. Eating a muffin dyed blue could reveal your gut transit time, which may help diagnose your gut health & act as an early warning. Gut transit times varied from ~ 12 hrs to > 72 hrs in a study. #microbiota #health If you ever wanted an excuse to bake a bunch of muffins, you're in luck... just make sure they're blue. Experts believe eating the specially-coloured treats may provide a warning sign of poor gut health. If th

Microbiome et santé

de Chih-Jung Chang, Yun-Fei Ko, Hsin-Chih Lai, Jan Martel, David Ojcius, John D. Young #microbiome #microbiota #health #microbiology Notre corps abrite une communauté complexe de milliards de microbes, surtout des bactéries, mais aussi des virus, levures et protozoaires, un nombre à peu près équivalent à celui des cellules humaines. Dans des conditions normales, cette population vit en équilibre avec l’organisme et joue plusieurs rôles physiologiques importants pour notre san

Microbes are ‘unknown unknowns’ despite being vital to all life, says study

#microbiology #environment #health A new study has highlighted how little is known about microbes – the hidden majority of life on Earth. Life on the planet relies on an enormous quantity of bacteria, fungi and other tiny organisms. They generate oxygen, keep soils healthy and regulate the climate. Microbes play a crucial role in food production, such as cheese, beer, yoghurt and bread. But despite their importance to human life and the health of the Earth, a new scientific p

African genomics: The scientists unlocking cures encoded in DNA

How scientists in Africa – the most genetically diverse continent on earth – looked deep into the data in 2020 to make headway in understanding diseases that affect millions. #genetics #genomics #health

What is malaria? (free video)

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease common in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, that's caused by a parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium. #malaria #Plasmodium #parasitology #health #infection

Phages: Viruses that Infect Bacteria

A new genetic approach can accelerate the study of phage-microbe interactions with implications for #health, #agriculture, and #climate. Scientists are continually searching for new and improved ways to deal with bacteria, be it to eliminate disease-causing strains or to modify potentially beneficial strains. And despite the numerous clever drugs and genetic engineering tools humans have invented for these tasks, those approaches can seem clumsy when compared to the finely tu

New Journal: Current Research in Microbial Sciences

Introducing new journal: "Current Research in Microbial Sciences" publishes articles in all areas of the broad field of #microbiology, the study of microorganisms & their biological interactions with human beings & other life. Current Research in Microbial Sciences is a gold open access (OA) journal, which means articles are permanently and freely available. #health #bacteriology #virology #parasitology #environment #agriculture

Current Research in Microbial Sciences

Current Research in Microbial Sciences is a new journal that specializes in the field of microbiology, the study of microorganisms and/or microbes and their interaction with the environment, plants, human beings, and other species. #health #immunology #microbiology #environment #virology #bacteriology #agriculture

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