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Why scientists are rushing to catalog the world’s poop

The effort is known as the Global Microbiome Conservancy (GMC), and its goal is to catalog and safe-keep the different kinds of gut bacteria found in humans’ digestive systems across the planet. It’s an endeavor that could be under threat from changing diets and lifestyles.

The Atlantic

Just months of american life change the microbiome

Many people who come to the U.S. for a better life end up with worse health. Many different studies have now shown that the longer certain groups live in the U.S., the worse some of their health outcomes get, especially when it comes to obesity. One study found that after one year in America, just 8 percent of … Continue reading Just months of american life change the microbiome


Preserving microbial diversity

Comparing disparate traditional societies with industrialized peoples indicates that the loss of gut microbial diversity is associated with industrialization, not with particular diets, ethnicity, or geography.  Loss of microbiota diversity opens up niches for opportunistic invaders, which often do not have the same coevolved constraints. Most urgently, we need to preserve the diversity of ancestral microbes from … Continue reading Preserving microbial diversity

Dr Helen Messier

Time to end the war on microbes

The “War on Microbes” has reached its tipping point and we are beginning to truly witness what detrimental effects our increasingly high intensity efforts are leading to. The rise in chronic diseases, including a variety linked to obesity, can be attributed to the carpet-bombing of our own personal microbial ecosystems. Of special significance, Dr. Messier … Continue reading Time to end the war on microbes


It’s not clear yet how to boost the microbiome. But diet is the best bet.

He points out that the skin, gut and reproductive organs are home to roughly 1,000 different species of bacteria and 5,000 different bacterial strains. Figuring out which foods or probiotics could help reshape or harmonize the microbiome for improved health is like baking a perfect cake using 5,000 different ingredients, he says. The idea that … Continue reading It’s not clear yet how to boost the microbiome. But diet is the best bet.


Can you change your microbiome?

Our microbiomes dictate more about our bodies and our lives than we may like to admit. The influences range from the obvious, such as intestinal health, to the surprising, such as our moods. The science is anything but settled, though. After years of connecting the dots between microbes and human health, scientists have begun using … Continue reading Can you change your microbiome?

Reader's Digest

13 silent signs your microbiome could be in trouble

That collection of bacteria in your gut could have more wide-reaching health effects than you realize. Here are the warning signs that it’s not happy.

The Economist

Enhanced understanding of the microbiome is helping medicine

Human guts contain microbes, lots of them. Added together, the genes in these bugs’ genomes amount to perhaps 150 times the number in the human genome alone. If the bacteria in question were doing little more than swimming around digesting lettuce, this would be of small consequence. But they are doing much more than that.

New York Times

Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

Exercise may change the composition and activity of the trillions of microbes in our guts in ways that could improve our health and metabolisms over time, a new study finds. The results provide novel insights into how exercise can affect even those portions of our bodies that seem uninvolved in workouts, perhaps providing another nudge … Continue reading Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

Dr Fay Bound Alberti

‘Gut Feelings’: Medicine, gender and health

BBC News reported today that gut flora – the trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive system – may ‘boost’ cancer therapy. Scientists in France and the USA tested the microbiome in cancer patients, finding evidence that a diverse biome, composed of a wide range of ‘good’ bacteria, contributed to the effectiveness of immunotherapy drugs.

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