Hi there Brain-Gut Lovers, and welcome to another installment of the 'I Love Poop' series. Today we get an insight into the world of poop research through a dear friend and research sister Jessica Flannery of the University of Oregon. Take it away Jess! Tell us a little about yourself. Hi there! I am a … Continue reading I Study Poop – Adventures from Scientists on the Front Line
While we previously thought that the placenta was a microbe free zone, it is now clear that it is in fact home to a unique community of bacteria that most closely resemble those in the mothers mouth. This finding is interesting in light of the association between maternal oral health and preterm births, and suggests … Continue reading #11 Friday Fun Fact – The Placental Microbiome
When your bowel behaves as though there is an obstruction, but upon medical inspection, none exists. Can include bloating, severe pain, and constipation. Much like the brain in the head sometimes gets confused about the presence of a limb following amputation (phantom limb pain), so too can the brain in the gut get confused about … Continue reading #10 Friday Fun Fact – The Ghost Poop
Coprophagia Though many of us try to ignore it, the facts are clear; most of the animal kingdom isn't nearly as concerned by poop as we humans are. In fact, numerous animals, from koalas and elephants, to rats and hippopotamus, all engage in the interesting behavior of poop eating - coprophagia. My dear old dog … Continue reading Fecal Microbiome Transplants: The way of the future, or a big pile of poop?
With valentines day looming there is no better time than to discuss bacterial sex. More frequently referred to as Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT), this process describes the way that bacteria can pass genetic information between one another to produce sometimes more adapted bacterial genomes for the particular environment. While we humans must wait for reproduction … Continue reading #9 Friday Fun Fact – Bacterial Love Making