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The Role of Gut Microbes in Weight Loss

Losing weight is a burden for many while it may emerge as the simplest thing for others. A recent article published in the Washington Post suggests that the reason may be gut microbiome variation.  The article highlights a recently published paper in the Nature Communications journal that challenges the notion that all calories contribute equally...

Understanding the Microbiome and Malnutrition in Children

While the world is at the grasp of the global obesity epidemic, childhood malnutrition persists as a pressing issue.  A recent article published on National Geographic expressing expert opinion on a solution to malnutrition lies beyond providing sufficient calories and may involve the gut microbiome.  As a result, researchers have developed food supplements to enhance...

Understanding Skin Microbiome Variation From Infancy to Adulthood

Understanding the maturation of healthy skin during childhood has long been a subject of scientific interest. To address this knowledge gap, researchers conducted a comprehensive study in Germany, investigating skin parameters across various age groups.  The research team employed CosmosID for the skin microbiome sequencing, providing valuable insights into the maturation process.

Cancer and the Microbiome: What You Need To Know

The microbiome is the complex and diverse collection of microorganisms that live in, and on, our bodies. Recent research has revealed a strong connection between the microbiome and cancer, with many scientists believing that it plays an important role in both preventing and promoting cancer. As more studies are conducted into this intriguing relationship, understanding...

The field of microbiome-based therapeutics is flourishing. The recent approval of Seres Therapeutics’ drug, Vowst, against C. difficile infections has spearheaded the interest in microbiome-based therapeutics.    The recent development of microbiome-based therapeutics may have contributed to a rising trend of reclassifying microbiome probiotics as pharmaceuticals. The European Union (EU) is witnessing significant progress in...

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...

The Impact of Delivery Mode and Feeding Method on Infant Gut Microbiome Establishment

Special thanks to Eray Şahin for the bioinformatics analysis of data. This guide will discuss the impact of delivery mode and feeding method on infant gut microbiome establishment, a study conducted by researchers from the University of California Davis.   The research team used CosmosID’s platform to analyze microbial samples collected from infants born vaginally...

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...