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Jun 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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Jun 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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Apr 20, 2018

How are the bacteria in our guts related to each other? New technique provides insight.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) have validated a new method for use in microbiome studies that could help detect subtle changes in the composition of a microbial community and provide insight into the evolutionary history of community members. The method is more sensitive than current technologies, and could revolutionize the way microbiome data is analyzed. The findings are published April 17 in mSystems.

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Apr 2, 2018

Virus Found to Adapt through Newly Discovered Path of Evolution.

Bucking a central tenet of biology, researchers at the University of California San Diego and their colleagues have discovered evidence for a new path of evolution, and with it a deeper understanding of how quickly organisms such as viruses can adapt to their environment.

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Mar 22, 2018

New workflow revolutionizes the discovery of candidate drugs from nature.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation have developed a new workflow to accelerate the discovery of drug candidate molecules present in nature. The method fills a gap in the current process and cuts down on the amount of time it takes to identify candidate drug molecules. A paper describing the method was published recently in Journal of Natural Products.

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Mar 15, 2018

Combining Microbial and Chemical Fingerprints for Forensics Applications.

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Center for Microbiome Innovation have for the first time combined technologies that detect the presence of microbes and chemicals to identify “who touched what” in a manmade space. The new method fills a gap in current forensic technologies, and could have a variety of applications, including criminal profiling and environmental exposure studies. The studywas published recently in Scientific Reports.

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Mar 13, 2018

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Announces Panasas as Corporate Member.

The UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) announces that Panasas, a leading provider of performance scale-out network-attached storage, has joined CMI’s Corporate Member Board and has donated a 500TB Panasas ActiveStor® high-performance storage solution to support the acceleration of microbiome research. ActiveStor drives productivity and accelerates time to results with ultrafast streaming performance, true linear scalability, enterprise-grade reliability and unparalleled ease of management.



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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Jun 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.

Jun 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.

May 30, 2018
IEEE Spectrum

Tiny Robots in Disguise Combat Bacteria in the Blood

Researchers have come up with all sorts of ways to propel tiny robots deep into the human body to perform tasks, such as delivering drugs and taking biopsies. Now, there's a nanorobot that can clean up infections in blood. Directed by ultrasound, the tiny robots, made of gold nanowires with a biological coating, dart around blood, attach to bacteria, and neutralize toxins produced by the bacteria. It's like injecting millions of miniature decoys into blood to distract an infection from attacking the real human cells.

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