Tag Archives: Microbiome

Spotlight on Grants: Eliminating plasmids for antibiotic resistance

Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of Research Visit Grants that enable our members to work in another laboratory anywhere in the world. PhD student Alessandro Lazdins fom the University of Birmingham writes about his trip to Sydney earlier this … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Grants: Do tardigrades have a microbiome?

Each year, the Microbiology Society awards a number of grants that enable undergraduates to work on microbiological research projects during the summer vacation. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting a series of articles from students who were awarded … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: August 2016

I Contain Multitudes: An interview with Ed Yong   “Every one of us is a zoo in our own right – a colony enclosed within a single body. A multi-species collective. An entire world.” In this episode, we chat to … Continue reading

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Cows on antibiotics release more methane from their dung

It’s a well-known fact that cattle and other livestock are responsible for releasing greenhouse gases like methane into the atmosphere. However, contrary to popular belief, it’s actually bovine burps, not farts, that are to blame. Methane from belching is a … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: April 2016

Can parasitic worms treat inflammatory diseases? In 2010, a medical case report was published about a man with inflammatory bowel disease. The man had a serious case of a condition called ulcerative colitis, and was facing the prospect of having a … Continue reading

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Mapping the microbes in your mouth

Scientists from the Forsyth Institute have managed to visualise communities of bacteria in the human mouth, showing their spatial organisation for the first time in “microbial maps”. The maps could help scientists understand the interactions between different oral bacteria and … Continue reading

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How do your microbes grow?

If you’ve recently been on holiday, changed your diet, or taken antibiotics, the chances are that it’s affected your microbiome. This community of microbes – made up of trillions of bacteria, archaea and fungi – plays a vital role in … Continue reading

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