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Microbial life on our tongue

Stick out your tongue! That's one of the first things you hear when you visit a doctor. The tongue has been used as an indicator of health or disease for thousands of years: from ancient Egypt and Chinese traditional medicine to today's modern medical practice... click to read more

  • Gary G. Borisy | Senior Investigator at The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, USA
  • Jessica L. Mark Welch | Associate Scientist at The Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
Views 8269
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 12, 2021
Insect microbiomes – a new hope against antimicrobial resistance?

Nowadays, more and more antibiotics (also referred to as antimicrobial drugs) are becoming ineffective to fight against bad bacteria and fungi because these organisms are capable of rapidly developing resistance to those compounds. These resistances arise due to the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. In... click to read more

  • Fabio Palmieri | PhD student at University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Views 4138
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 2, 2019
The gut microflora helps the effects of dieting

The human body lives in a relationship with trillion of microorganisms, mostly bacteria, that populate every surface of the body. Indeed, according to some estimations, only 50% of the cells that compose our body are human. This interaction is usually beneficial for both parts, as... click to read more

  • Salvatore Fabbiano | Postdoctoral Research fellow at Département de physiologie cellulaire et métabolisme, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 3727
Reading time 3 min
published on May 8, 2019
Modern stressors of gut microbes

Our intestine is inhabited by a large and diverse community of microbes, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota, composed of more than a thousand different species. We (the host) and our microbiota coexist for better or worse. On one hand, maintaining a healthy relationship... click to read more

  • Emilie Viennois | Assistant Professor at Neuroscience Institute, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
  • Benoit Chassaing | Assistant Professor at Neuroscience Institute, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
Views 4710
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 5, 2018
Drive out the “bad bugs” to prevent colon cancers

There is a microscopic society living within us. Our bodies are home to more than 100 trillion microorganisms, similar to the number of human cells in the body. Many of them reside in our gut. Most of the time, this microsociety - which includes hundreds... click to read more

  • Cynthia L. Sears | Professor at The Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Views 4179
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 31, 2018