Category: bacteriophages

High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Growth of Colorectal Tumors

Today’s post is a little off topic but I can’t not share this research[i] with you, especially considering the post I wrote a few weeks back about “lysogenic” bacteria.  If you remember, it was about those types of bacteria that carry dormant viral DNA…

Fructose, Viruses, and the Microbiota

Among the bacteria that live in our digestive tracts are ones termed “lysogenic,” which means that they actually contain dormant virus DNA.  When exposed to certain metabolic conditions, this DNA is activated and produced viruses:  “Approximately half of intestinal viruses are derived from lysogens,…

2018: My Top 10 List of Favorite Stories!

My longer-time readers know that, as we close out another year, I like to take a look back at some of my favorite research stories from these past 12 months.  So here it is…Judy’s “the best of 2018” top 10 list, in chronological order:…

A Spy Phage? (VP882 Should be Renamed VP007)

It’s not often I find stories about any of the other “-omes” outside the microbi-ome, so I was pretty excited to find a big piece of news this week related to the virome. Microbiologists at Princeton University discovered a phage (remember, bacteriophages are viruses…

Bacteriophages: A Clinical Study

There are a lot of great biome stories this week.  Tough choice, what to write about today!  There are two items that came out on top of the list so you get one today and one early next week. Today’s top story is about…

Dysbiosis, Fibromylagia (and Chronic Fatigue)…and Me

As many of you may know, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is thought to be  closely related to fibromyalgia… and as someone who suffers from the latter, any news on these two illnesses is near and dear to me. Inspired by the d-lactate findings I…

Phages and Autoimmune Diseases

Last month I wrote about bacteriophages (phages, for short) and Parkinson’s Disease.  If you remember, a phage is a virus that kills bacteria.  Those researchers found an abnormally high number of phages had killed off good Lactobaccillus in PD patients: ““The depletion of Lactococcus…

Is a Virus the Ultimate Cause of Parkinson’s?

Many of you may not yet be familiar with the term bacteriophage.  These are viruses that infect bacteria:  literally the word means “bacteria eater.”  I’ve been reading about their  use in treating bacterial infection, as an alternative to antibiotics, especially in this age of…