Tag: bacteriophages

Cool New Research Using Phages to Treat Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

New research combines two of my big interests:  looking at ways to manipulate the biome to help reduce today’s epidemic of obesity AND using bacteriophages in a productive way. You’ll all remember that a bacteriophage is a virus that attacks a specific bacteria.  (I’ve… Continue Reading “Cool New Research Using Phages to Treat Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity”

A Brief History of Phage Therapy: The Good Side of Viruses

For some peculiar reason, I have viruses on my mind a lot lately.  (I live in New York State.  ‘nough said.)  As I walked from my kitchen to my office, and back again, and again and again and again, like a caged animal, I… Continue Reading “A Brief History of Phage Therapy: The Good Side of Viruses”

More Evidence that Adds to the Growing Promise of Phage Therapy

As many of you know, I am particularly fascinated by the promise of using bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria – as an alternative to antibiotics.  As they are specific to only one kind of bacteria, they leave other species unharmed. Unlike “broad spectrum… Continue Reading “More Evidence that Adds to the Growing Promise of Phage Therapy”

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… Continue Reading “High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Growth of Colorectal Tumors”

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,… Continue Reading “Fructose, Viruses, and the Microbiota”

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:… Continue Reading “2018: My Top 10 List of Favorite Stories!”

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… Continue Reading “A Spy Phage? (VP882 Should be Renamed VP007)”

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… Continue Reading “Bacteriophages: A Clinical Study”

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… Continue Reading “Dysbiosis, Fibromylagia (and Chronic Fatigue)…and Me”

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… Continue Reading “Phages and Autoimmune Diseases”