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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 ...

GUT MICROBES

Why bother with the appendix?

... bacteria that live with us. There are 10 trillion of our own cells containing our own DNA in our body. But there are actually a hundred ... them, our bacteria, the appendix acts as a place where our own resident bacteria can hide and stay safe, until after all ...

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 ...

The traitorous e-coli

Bacteria seeking Asylum...

... And why do we fight back so violently to protect our own interests? Of course, being more scientific than ... army will not give us a chance and eagerly sacrifices its own cells to destroy us. The 'Acquired' branch of your Immune ... will wage a war that is as vicious and as ruthless as your own... It's funny how the microscopic world of bacteria and ...

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 ...

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

Are your microbes making you moody?

... we should almost regard ourselves as passengers in our own bodies, because the microbes that hitch a ride on us outnumber our own cells over fifty fold.  The average human intestine is ...

Mice

eLife Episode 50: Inside Your Microbiome

... that live on us and in us and outnumber our own human cells by maybe 50 fold: we’re literally passengers in our own bodies, and over the next 30 minutes we’ll hear how ...

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 ...

Salmon Sushi

Sushi-digesting marine gene turns up in human intestines

... into the guts of aJapanese sushi-eaters whereupon their own bacterial flora have grabbed the genes and incorporated them into their own metabolic repertoire. In this way they've equipped ...

E.coli bacteria

Gut feeling: bacteria and diabetes

... diabetes. This form of diabetes is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking insulin-secreting cells in the ... the bacteria living inside us will help us understand our own health and disease. Intestinal bacteria can trigger the ...

How much of you is actually human?

Your personal microbial aura

... They found that each of the eight occupants emitted their own unique concentration of airborne particles. Microbial ... time that individuals occupying a space can emit their own distinct personal microbial cloud" It is becoming ... unique, it is plausible that we would each have our own personalized microbial 'fingerprint'. As well as unique ...

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 ...

Molecular clockwork cut out

Seasonal changes in the human microbiome

... in western Tanzania. The Hadza are do not have farm their own crops or livestock but instead are hunter gatherers. ...

Baby's feet

QotW: How do c-section babies get their gut microbes?

... that exist in, and on you. It’s an ecosystem in its own right, and issues with a person’s microbiome have been ...

E.coli bacteria

Where does the bacteria in our gut come from?

... you to learn that we're actually passengers in our own body. If you count the number of bacteria that live on us ...

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 ...

Mouse experiment

Mice given penicillin in pregnancy behave badly

... pups once they are born and become colonised with their own bacteria, which are carried to the brain. These factors, ...

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 ...