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Glyphosate-based herbicides have been extensively used in agriculture, mainly due to the prevalence of genetically modified, glyphosate-resistant food crops.    However, the widespread use of glyphosate has led to its detection and prevalence in water, soils, food crops, and even human urine, raising flags about its potential effects on human health. Recent studies have linked...

New research has found a way to predict the impact of prebiotics on the human gut microbiota within days, using an ex vivo, reactor-based, high-throughput SIFR® (Systemic Intestinal Fermentation Research) technology.    In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the research, its method, and what it means for the future of prebiotic research....

Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that selectively promote the growth and activity of beneficial gut microbiota, thus conferring health benefits to the host. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are prebiotics that are present in human milk and selectively stimulate the growth of bifidobacteria in infants.    A new study has investigated the effects of HMOs in...

  Did you know that there is evidence to suggest that psychosocial stress induced gut microbiome shifts have an impact on immune cell development? The interplay between the gut microbiome and the central nervous system has attracted researchers as a potential target for treating stress-related disorders such as depression and anxiety.    A new study...

The rapid decline of ecosystems on the Earth is deploring.    It is a multifaceted problem and a pillar of the problem is constituted by the overconsumption and mismanagement of plastics. Plastics released to nature crumble into smaller particles that infiltrate into trophic, feeding, chains in ecosystems and accumulate in the members of the system. ...

A recent article from the Washington Post highlights that gut microbiome-exercise interplay. In the past, studies showed the essential role that our gut microbiome, the intricate ecosystem of microbes that live in our gastrointestinal tract, plays in maintaining our overall health.    These tiny bacteria perform crucial roles in maintaining our health, affecting all from...

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing public health concern, with the potential to render many of our current antibiotics ineffective.    A recent study draws conclusions on the potential role of livestock waste and treated wastewater as reservoirs for AMR. The study investigated the presence and abundance of AMR genes in livestock waste and treated...

Gulf War illness (GWI) is a chronic condition significantly affecting veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War.    A range of symptoms, including fatigue, pain, cognitive impairment, and gastrointestinal issues characterize GWI. Despite extensive research, the underlying causes of GWI are still not fully understood.   A recent study sheds some light on the...

  To evaluate the impact of ports on the biodiversity in their vicinity, a recent study collected coral reef sediment samples from the vicinity of Port Everglades in South Florida, and performed 16S rRNA sequencing on the samples.    CosmosID analyzed the 16S rRNA gene-based microbiome community data to illustrate the impact of port activities...