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Cartoon of the brain

Food and mood

... bees, and other more primitive organisms that have their own gut microbiome. Kat -   We sort of hear a lot about the ... that they have developed capabilities of hacking into our own communication systems that are very elaborate that link ... those human programmes and modify them according to their own needs. Kat -   So, our gut bacteria could basically be ...

Microbes inside you outnumber your cells, maybe by ten to one.

What is the microbiome?

... of ourselves as individuals that we live under our own steam, we behave under our own wills, we grow up from a single egg into this complicated organism under instructions from our own genomes. All of those things are complicated by the ...

An ant

Fungus farming leaf-cutter ants

... ants; and they're very special: they farm their own food in underground gardens, and that is almost ... the ants do, they manure the fungus gardens with their own faeces - it is actually very clever if he can first ... inoculation, which will then basically mean she in her own body can manage that symbiont as far as is required to be ...

Bacteroides biacutis, one of many commensal anaerobic Bacteroides spp. in the gastrointestinal tract.

Vitamin B12 bacterial thieves

... and this can sometimes bring us into conflict with our own microbes. Aaron Wexler explains to Chris Smith how this ... protein is so good at doing it's job it's better than our own one, and so if you put the two head to head in a ...

Microscope images on bacteria on a slide

Microbiome on a chip

... strains of microbes that live in contact with our own cells are tricky to recreate. Chris Smith spoke to ...

Fruit flies

The great fly gender divide

... which is that each cell individually specifies it's own sex. So we could harness this particular feature to ...

Soy

Microbes on a diet

... fatty acids? We can't make that in the body through our own metabolism, we're absolutely dependent on our diet as a ...

Digitalis - foxglove

Microbiome plant toxin and drug digestion

... should regard the microbiome as an additional organ in its own right, because of the huge number of molecular "knives ...