Hi Brain-Gut lovers, and welcome to another edition of 'I Study Poop - Adventures of Scientists on the Front Line". This month we are catching up with Caitlin Cowan, my research sister, and a Ph.D. candidate from the University of New South Wales in Australia (my alma mater) who is about to embark on a … Continue reading I Study Poop – Adventures From Scientists on the Front Line
Ever wondered whether there was a real life equivalent of the Matryoshka Stacking Doll? In his brilliant book 'I Contain Multitudes', author Ed Yong describes the Citrus Mealybug. Like many animals, this little critter has incorporated bacteria inside its cells. What makes it so special is that another kind of bacteria lives inside that bacteria. … Continue reading #6 Friday Fun Fact – Russian Doll Bugs
The first colonizers of the baby's gastrointestinal tract and skin actually come from the mother's vagina. As the baby makes it's way down the birth canal and out into the world, it is coated in it's mother's vaginal microbes, which then make the baby their new home. It is believed that this initial colonization is … Continue reading #5 Friday Fun Fact – Mommy, where do my microbes come from?