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July 27, 2018

Bacterial Communities Use Sophisticated Strategy to Communicate over Long Distances

It’s the way we end up with a fresh cup of coffee from a clump of beans. It’s how ocean oil rigs extract petroleum from dense rock formations beneath the seafloor. It even helps explain how forest fires spread.

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July 23, 2018

Depleting microbiome with antibiotics can affect glucose metabolism

A new study from the Salk Institute has found that mice that have their microbiomes depleted with antibiotics have decreased levels of glucose in their blood and better insulin sensitivity. The research has implications for understanding the role of the microbiome in diabetes. It also could lead to better insight into the side effects seen in people who are being treated with high levels of antibiotics. The study appeared in the journal Nature Communications on July 20, 2018.

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July 9, 2018

New Dean Selected to Lead UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences

The University of California San Diego has selected Kit Pogliano, a professor of molecular biology, as the new dean of the Division of Biological Sciences. Currently dean of the university’s Graduate Division, Pogliano was selected after a national search and will begin her new appointment on Sept. 15, 2018.

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June 25, 2018

First pilot for global expansion of the American Gut Project under The Microsetta Initiative

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the LifeScience Institute in the Philippines have announced a pilot for the expansion of the American Gut Project under The Microsetta Initiative (TMI). Announced May 15, 2018 at the American Gut Project Mini-Symposium, TMI is focused on bringing microbiome citizen science to all corners of the world. It brings together existing projects, such as the American and British Gut Projects, and provides a framework for engaging citizen scientists across the globe.

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June 25, 2018

Turning A Phage

Partnering with multiple institutions, UC San Diego launches North America’s first bacteriophage therapy center to use viruses as new weapon against multidrug-resistant bacteria; clinical trials planned.

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June 18, 2018

Researchers Uncover Possible Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

More than 12 percent of the adult population in America suffers from OSA, a condition characterized by airway collapse that leaves them (and their startled bed partners) gasping for breath in their sleep. If they’re lucky enough, they either won’t wake up or they’ll fall back asleep, only to have it happen again a few seconds later. As a result of this intermittent airway collapse, the body is exposed to low oxygen and high carbon dioxide conditions, and people with the condition are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases down the road.

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June 12, 2018

Composition of Complex Sugars in Breast Milk May Prevent Future Food Allergies

The unique composition of a mother’s breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, report researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine with colleagues in Canada.

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May 30, 2018

Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria and the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids.

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May 29, 2018

Researchers Identify Bacteria and Viruses Ejected from the Ocean

Certain types of bacteria and viruses are readily ejected into the atmosphere when waves break while other taxa are less likely to be transported by sea spray into the air, researchers reported May 22.

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May 17, 2018

What's in Your Gut?

When New York Times reporter Michael Pollan meticulously rolled a cotton-tipped swab across a piece of used toilet paper in 2013, his sample was about to become the first of 15,096 that would be included in the first major publication of the American Gut Project—an ongoing citizen science effort to understand the human microbiome. The publication appeared in the open access journal mSystems earlier this week.

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Feb 27, 2019

Save‑the‑date: 2019 CMI International Microbiome Conference

Please save the dates for the CMI 2019International Conference, taking place February 27-28, 2019 at the Scripps Seaside Forum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Building on the success of the California CMI meeting, we are expanding our reach globally to share the latest in microbiome research. The first edition will be marked by an allstar line-up of exclusively women speakers, including speakers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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June 29, 2018

San Diego Magazine

Your Body is Bugged

A UC San Diego scientist is shifting the dialogue about the beneficial bacteria in our bodies.

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June 4, 2018

New Atlas

Membrane-coated gold "robots" designed to detoxify blood

It's never a good thing when donated human blood -- or even the blood in our bodies -- is infected with bacteria. Scientists at the University of California San Diego, however, are developing a means of removing such blood-borne microbes using tiny ultrasound-powered robots. The base "nanorobots" are made of microscopic lengths of gold nanowire. Via the external application of ultrasound, they can be propelled through liquids including blood, causing them to get thoroughly mixed with it. These nanorobots were coated in a hybrid of platelet and red blood cell membranes.

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June 4, 2018

Physics World

Cell-like nanobots fight bacterial infection

Gold nanowire nanorobots coated with a combination of two kinds of natural cell membranes might be used to fight bacterial infection, according to new work by researchers at the University of California San Diego. The nanobots can move through whole blood and, thanks to their natural coatings, which "cloak" the devices from the body's defence mechanisms, can absorb and neutralize both pathogenic bacteria as well as the toxins they produce.

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