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VICC Scientific Retreat shines light on microbiome , May 10, 2018

  • Dr. Lang Wu, postdoc, and Chloe Snider, graduate student, were honored for their scientific research focusing on the association between cancer development, the immune system and the microbiome at the VICC Retreat.


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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