Microbiome Bites September 10th
1. NIH awards $2.39 million for research on amino acids and IBD
Here’s some good news for IBD patients. The National Institutes of Health have awarded have awarded a five-year $2.39 million grant to Uma Sundaram, MD, vice dean for research and graduate education at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, to study the regulation of glutamine absorption in the intestine and its relationship with IBD. The hope is that this research will contribute to the development of better nutritional therapies for IBD. Read more here.
2. Modified bacteria protect against obesity
Dysbiosis of gut bacteria has been linked to the development of obesity. In a new study led by a team from Vanderbilt University genetically modified bacteria were introduced into the intestines of mice. These bacteria produce a small lipid known to suppress appetite and lower inflammation. The bacteria-fed mice were protected from obesity when fed a high-fat diet. This has the potential to become a new probiotic treatment option for people. Read more here.
3. Critical but overlooked: ICU patients’ gut bacteria
Our bodies are full of bacteria, and when we get sick, those microbial populations change. Hospitals monitor patients’ bloodwork and vitals, so why not track the makeup of their microbiomes too? In pursuit of restorative treatments, researchers are examining changes to the microbiomes of critically ill patients. Read more here.
4. Kombucha clothing: Scientists, designers work to make fermented tea into a textile
And finally, did you know you could make clothing out of bacteria, right in your own kitchen? Preppers rejoice! Read on.