Several hybrid animal species exist in the world. Cross a donkey dad and a horse mom, you get a mule. Switch those parent roles around (donkey mom, horse mom) and you get a hinny. Such hybrids are most often sterile, and in some pairings, the offspring will not even survive. This phenomenon is known as … Continue reading #17 A helping hand in evolution
This weekend, as we celebrate Mother’s Day across the world, let us take a moment to reflect on the multitude of awesome ways that moms use their microbes to help protect their babies and guide their development. Thanks Mom! Microbes protect eggshells from fungus: Some lizard moms seed their eggs with microbes as they pass through … Continue reading #16 Happy Mother’s Day!!
Several poop loving people have recently alerted me to this news article, suggesting that the elusive Fountain of Youth may flow brown. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany reported the life extending properties of youthful poop. The pond dwelling Turquoise Kilifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) has but a brief time here on earth, dying after a … Continue reading #15 The fountain of poop, I mean, youth…
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?
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 Emily Wissel, an undergraduate from the University of Austin Texas working on her first microbiome research project. Enjoy! Emily Wissel Hello bacteria fans! I hope you’re all as … Continue reading I Study Poop – Adventures from Scientists on the Front Line
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
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?
Right on the top of your shoulders and neck, at your very highest point, stored safely away in the case of your skull, sits your brain (your head-brain, to be quite precise). Up there in your head the brain performs incredible feats, like calculating large sums, getting you from your bed to your desk (through … Continue reading Our second brain
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