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Intro to the Microbiome

History of medicine: Origin of the term microbiome and why it matters: Susan L. Prescott in the Human Microbiome Journal (*

Recent Headlines/Research

Do gut bacteria make second homes in our brains? – Science article (

Science Fiction/Science Fact

Shortchanging a Baby’s Microbiome: C-sections and formula feeding could be interfering with a critical biological process by Toni Harman in Scientific American


Bacterium Reverses Autismlike Behavior in Mice: Findings support idea that the gut’s microbiome has a role by Sara Reardon in Scientific American (

Immunization with a heat-killed preparation of the environmental bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae promotes stress resilience in mice by Reber et al. in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (*

A Shot against Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Tweaking the gut microbiome may hold promise for fighting stress, anxiety by Sandra Lamb in Scientific American

Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health: While probiotics receive more attention, key fibers remain the workhorses in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome by Katherine Harmon Courage in Scientific American (

Bizarre Science

How Gut Bacteria Tell Their Hosts What to Eat: By suppressing or increasing cravings, microbes help the brain decide what foods the body “needs” by Knvul Sheikh in Scientific American (

Your Gut Bacteria Want You to Eat a Cupcake by Julie Beck in The Atlantic (

Tiny gut organisms may influence food cravings and what our bodies do with fat by Jasenka Zubcevic and Christopher Martyniuk in The Washington Post (–and-fight-depression/2017/08/11/676a1138-6681-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f0fa980c7bb1)

Filippo Caremoli (postdoc) and Catia Sternini (PI) study about taste receptors in gut and microbes may be signalling through these receptors to influence gastrointestinal function

(* Vegezzi, G. et al. PLOS ONE

(* Latorre, R. et al. PLOS ONE

The Classics

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong (book)

* indicates a research study that was published in a scientific journal so it may be limited access