Biochemistry

Scientists make big discovery in antibiotics research

Scientists seeking to develop the next generation of antibiotics may have found a crucial clue within the human body: a protein that distinguishes between our cells and those of invading microbes, according to a study led ...

Medical research

Metabolic activity and health of the skin microbiome

The skin microbiome is considered our first line of defense against pathogens. Across our bodies, we are covered with a diverse assemblage of bacteria. However, the skin can be a harsh environment for beneficial bacteria ...

Immunology

Skin microbes trigger specific immune responses

New research in mice shows that the immune system in the skin develops distinct responses to the various microbes that naturally colonize the skin, referred to as commensals. A team led by scientists at the National Institute ...

Medical research

Supercomputing human immunology

Larry Smarr began his scientific career as an astrophysicist studying billions of stars in far-off galaxies. More recently, he's been studying much larger numbers of units closer to home—his own body.

Medical research

Host genome controls skin microbiota and inflammation

Numerous recent studies linked gut microbiota with various diseases such as obesity or diabetes. Little is known, however, on how gut and skin microbiota composition is controlled. In a recent study published in the journal ...

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