Lifestyle is a threat to gut bacteria

The evolution of dietary and hygienic habits in Western countries is associated with a decrease in the bacteria that help in digestion. These very bacteria were also found in the Iceman, who lived 5300 years ago, and are still present in non-Westernized populations in various parts of the world. 

Researchers probe microbiome-cancer treatment link

There's a lot of evidence to suggest that the gut microbiota play a role. Over the next year, US researchers will try to suss out how millions of tiny microbes living inside us might make the difference between a cancer treatment's success and its failure.

More than 100 new gut bacteria discovered in human microbiome

Australian study has created the most comprehensive collection of human intestinal bacteria to date. This will help researchers worldwide to investigate how our microbiome keeps us healthy, and its role in disease.

Childhood Antibiotics Could Raise Risk of Mental Illness

A new study suggests there’s another, more subtle consequence of antibiotic use, at least in young people: a higher risk of developing serious mental illnesses like obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia.

Gut microbiome differs among ethnicities

Changing the gut microbiome to beat illness really does hold great potential, but first scientists must answer what constitutes a healthy gut microbiome and in whom.

Scientists call for microbial 'Noah's Ark' to protect global health

Such a Noah's Ark of beneficial germs would be gathered from human populations whose microbiomes are uncompromised by antibiotics, processed diets and other ill effects of modern society.

The secret to longevity is in the microbiome and the gut

Scientists fed fruit flies with a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement called Triphala that was able to prolong the flies' longevity by 60 % and protect them against chronic diseases associated with aging.

Researchers propose new term for the role of microbiota

University of Louisville neurology professor Robert P. Friedland have proposed a new term "mapranosis" to describe an interaction between gut microbiota and the brain.

Earth Microbiome Project Seeks to Map Planet’s Microbial Diversity

A new study outlines the “crazy idea” that led to a project described by one scientist as the “Google database for microbes.”

Millions of new genes in human microbiome

A new study has uncovered millions of previously unknown genes from microbial communities in the human gut, skin, mouth, and vaginal microbiome, allowing for new insights into the role these microbes play in human health and disease.

A Fascinating Potential Link Between Gut Bacteria and Health

The bacteria in our gut, researchers found, produce one of the same signaling molecules that humans do, which can then interact with receptors in the body to mediate health.