Gastroenterology

Ecological principles at play in gut microbiome

The dense, diverse collection of bacteria and other microorganisms that begin colonizing the human gastrointestinal tract from birth—collectively called the gut microbiome—is known to influence digestion and immune responses. ...

Medical research

Gut bacteria mine dietary fiber to release beneficial nutrients

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis demonstrates that certain human gut microbes can mine dietary fiber to extract nutrients that otherwise would remain inaccessible to the human body. The ...

Health

Should you use antibiotic creams on your skin?

As winter winds leave your skin dry, cracked and prone to cuts and bleeding, a skin expert says you should resist the urge to use antibiotic creams or ointments.

Genetics

How stress in the intestine influences chromosome inheritance

Inheriting a normal and intact number of chromosomes in germ cells, egg and sperm, is essential for the preservation of all species. With increasing age, the risk of the egg cell not inheriting the normal set of chromosomes ...

Neuroscience

How retrotransposons control the brain

Around half of the genome is made up of transposable elements or 'jumping genes' that derive from ancient viral integrations. They persist in various states of decay like an old fashioned 'pull your own' junkyard where parts ...

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