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 a huge step in using phages therapeutically. You all know how … More Bacteriophages: A Clinical Study
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 due to high numbers of strictly lytic phages in PD patients … More Phages and Autoimmune Diseases
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 growing antibiotic resistance.[i] Just last month, a clinical study was published … More Is a Virus the Ultimate Cause of Parkinson’s?
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 Body”[i] which expands upon this idea. It is a fantastic summary … More The Human Virome: Beyond Amazing
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 to be a scientist. Admittedly, I’m not sure what kind because … More The Bacterial Microbiome, and Fish Tacos