It’s National Breastfeeding Month. Party like it’s, uh, August. Just as it has been every year since 2011, August is National Breastfeeding Month, brought into being (we were going to say “conceived,” but obviously thought better of it) through a proclamation from the United States Breastfeeding Committee. You’re right, there really is a committee for […]
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The bacterium that loves boiling water. 50 years ago, the summer of love was segueing into the fall. The Beatles were on their way to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with “All You Need Is Love.” And a microbiologist named Thomas Brock was spending a lot of time in Yellowstone National Park, conducting […]
A crapload of fecal firsts. Each and every gut microbiome test that we run at uBiome begins with a poop sample. We’re not greedy, though. As we like to say, we only need a mere smear. There are, however, other ways of using human waste that are far more demanding and, dare we say it, […]
Excuse us, you have something in your eye: bacteria. Pop quiz. Which part of your body is just about the same size now as it was on the day you were born? In fact, you’re almost certainly making use of it right now. Yup, an eyeball remains around one inch in diameter from the minute […]
And why we shouldn’t always treat E. coli as the enemy. This week, we’re going back in time. Precisely 100 years back in time, as a matter of fact, to bring you the fascinating story of a remarkable strain of bacteria that was first isolated on a World War I battlefield in the Balkans, back […]
The peculiar world of oddly-shaped animal droppings. In a past uBiome newsletter, we reported on the ingenious Bristol Stool Scale, a system that categorizes human poop by its shape and consistency. In a version designed for children, it helpfully compares different types of poop to sausages, chicken nuggets, porridge, and gravy. uBiome often shares how […]
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The often surprising truth about presidential-bacterial connections. With so much media coverage of presidential matters over the past year, and particularly with last week’s inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, you might think every possible presidential angle has been covered. This, though, would be seriously underestimating your good friends here at uBiome. […]
Also: why it’s good to be cautious about study-based news stories. As we noted last week, at this time of year, millions of Americans put themselves on diets, so it’s no big surprise to find books like Travis Stork’s The Lose Your Belly Diet, doing well on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It’s […]
By E.M. Bik, Science Editor at uBiome Translated from Dutch. Read the original publication in the December 2016 issue of the Dutch Journal of Medical Microbiology (Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Medische Microbiologie). Abstract The human body is home to large numbers of bacteria and other microbes, which are collectively known as the microbiome or microbiota, and […]
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