Researchers crowdsourced thousands of microbiome samples to examine global microbial diversity and generate a resource for researchers.
Researchers found microbial communities at sites of the female reproductive tract thought to be sterile, and linked certain microbes to disease states.
People with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease have increased levels of certain bacteria in their stool, a metagenome-wide association study has found.
In PLOS this week: nasopharyngeal microbiota among young children, splice variant linked to oculocutaneous albinism in a dog breed, and more.
The team tested 21 protocols for extracting DNA from human fecal microbiome samples to recommend one to improve comparability between studies.
Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.
Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.
Additional Human Microbiome Project samples have enabled a deeper look into the stability and molecular processes of the microbes that live on and in people.
The yet-to-be-named entity will draw on the partners' respective resources in synthetic biology and plant and agricultural products.
In PNAS this week: links between the gut microbiome and multiple sclerosis, and more.
US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.
Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.
Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.
In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.