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Bacteriophage genes and mosquito control by Dr. Seth Bordenstein and colleagues, April 23, 2018

  • Discovery of the genes that cause insect infertility advances understanding of new vector control strategy

Bile acids, microbiota, and cancer by Dr. Fang Yan and colleagues, July 5,  2017

  • Secondary bile acid alters the microbial community and promotes intestinal carcinogenesis in mice.

Role for mouth microbes in diabetes? by Dr. Jirong Long and colleagues, March 8th, 2017.

  • Targeting the oral microbiome may offer opportunities for treating diabetes.

Each animal species hosts a unique microbial community and benefits from it. by Dr. Seth Bordenstein, Dr. Kevin Kohl, and Andrew Brooks, November 28, 2016.

  • A laboratory study of four animal species and their microbiota finds that each species hosts a unique community of microbes that can significantly improve its health and fitness.

Study shows excess dietary zinc worsens C. diff infection by Dr Eric Skaar and colleagues, September 26, 2016.

  • Too much dietary zinc increases susceptibility to infection by Clostridium difficile — “C. diff” — the most common cause of hospital-acquired infections.


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