Fecal Microbiome Transplants: The way of the future, or a big pile of 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?

#9 Friday Fun Fact – Bacterial Love Making

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

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 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

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

#6 Friday Fun Fact – Russian Doll Bugs

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

#5 Friday Fun Fact – Mommy, where do my microbes come from?

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?