Sounds Gross, But Intestinal Worms Can Actually Be Good For You

Intestinal worms have an incredibly bad reputation. The thought of them sneaking around inside our bodies and eating us from the inside is pretty unpleasant. But for decades, results coming out of lab after lab have shown that some kinds of helminths can be extremely beneficial to their host, and aren’t parasites at… »10/30/15 10:20am10/30/15 10:20am

Genetically-Engineered Bacteria Can Keep Mice From Getting Fat 

Scientists now know that gut microbes almost certainly play a role in us getting fat, and poop transplants are sometimes touted as a potential route to weight loss. But if that’s a little too icky for you, Vanderbilt scientists have been experimenting with more refined microbiome tinkering in mice using genetically… »4/09/15 7:00pm4/09/15 7:00pm

A Gut Microbe Could Be the Key to Stopping Peanut Allergies

In the past few decades, food allergies have been increasingly and mysteriously on the rise. A possible explanation lies with our gut bacteria, which have been reshaped by our soap- and antibiotics-laden lifestyles. A new study in mice adds intriguing evidence: one particular type of bacteria prevents sensitivity to… »8/25/14 6:00pm8/25/14 6:00pm

Need a Fecal Transplant? There's a Poop Bank For That

By now, you've probably heard of the miracle that is the fecal transplant. When antibiotics become useless against infections by the nasty bacterium Clostrium difficile, a slurry of human feces—full of "good" bacteria—piped into the gut can fix things up quick and cheap. The problem has always been a reliable source… »2/13/14 9:40am2/13/14 9:40am