The human microbiota correlates closely with the health status of its host. This article analyzes the microbial composition of several subjects under different conditions over time spans that ranged from days to months. Using the Langevin equation as the basis of our mathematical framework to evaluate microbial temporal stability, we proved that stable microbiotas can be distinguished from unstable microbiotas. This initial step will help us to determine how temporal microbiota stability is related to a subject’s health status and to develop a more comprehensive framework that will provide greater insight into this complex system.
Three teams of researchers will be the recipients of the Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge that supports novel, cross-cutting tools and methods in the field of microbiome research.
Multidisciplinary research is beginning to unveil connections between the gut microbiome and human health status disparities.
What do March Madness and the human microbiome have in common? Both are elements of a lab activity for an upper-division microbiology course.
A new study on dogs' diets could be used as an initial step toward using microbiotic information to customize pet diets.
When you gain weight, you gain changes in microbes and metabolism too. But they’re harder to get rid of than those last five pounds ever were.
Diet plays an important role in shaping the structure and function of the gut microbiota. The microbes and microbial products in turn can influence various aspects of host physiology. One promising route to affect host function and restore health is by altering the gut microbiome using dietary intervention.
Dietary modification has long been used empirically to modify symptoms in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and a diverse group of diseases with gastrointestinal symptoms.