Category: virome

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…

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…

The Human Virome: Beyond Amazing

Many years ago, I came across the novel notion that it was possible that humans were meant to harbor specific viruses, just like we house beneficial bacteria and helminths. This week, I was really excited to spot an article called “Viruses of the Human…

The Bacterial Microbiome, and Fish Tacos

Mostly when I think about what I want to be when I grow up, I wish I were a scientist.  Some days, it’s an CIA code breaker.  Some days it’s a musician in the New York Philharmonic.  But more often than not, I want…