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Mar 17, 2020

Fermented Food Consumption Associated with Changes in the Gut Microbiome.

In a new paper published in mSystems, researchers at the University of California San Diego in partnership with Danone Nutricia Research have found that the gut microbiome of people who regularly consume fermented foods is associated with certain microbes derived directly from these foods, and their microbiomes are subtly yet significantly different from the gut microbiome of those not eating fermented food.


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Feb 6, 2020

Unlock The Secrets Of Your Gut! New Research Project Offers 800 Participants Opportunity To Map Their Gut Health Free Of Charge.

The Microsetta Initiative, a research project led by a team at the University of California, San Diego in partnership with Danone Nutricia Research — the research and innovation division of Danone North America's global parent company, Danone S.A. — is recruiting hundreds of U.S. citizen scientists to map their gut microbiome. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to get their microbiome sequenced, at no personal charge, and will receive a free report. This is the first phase of an unprecedented program to map the gut microbiome of people around the world. 


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Feb 3, 2020

Algae Shown to Improve Gastrointestinal Health.

A widespread, fast-growing plant called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is famous in scientific laboratories due to its position as the world’s most exhaustively studied algae. Researchers at the University of California San Diego recently completed the first study examining the effects of consuming C. reinhardtii and demonstrated that the algae improves human gastrointestinal issues associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) such as diarrhea, gas and bloating. Results of the project are published in the Journal of Functional Foods.


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Jan 9, 2020

New Mass Spec Search Engine Brings Easy Access to Public Data.

Scientists at the University of California San Diego have reported in the latest publication of Nature Biotechnology on a new type of tool to easily search for mass spectrometry (MS) data instead. This new web-enabled small-molecule MS search engine, called MASST - short for Mass Spectrometry Search Tool, is a starting point for enabling data-driven discovery of mass spectrometry data in the public domain and enables the reuse of public data and its related knowledge.


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Dec 18, 2019

New Algorithm Reveals Many Previously Unknown Potential Antibiotics in the Human Gut .

A paper in Cell Systems by leading co-authors Dr. Pavel Pevzner and his graduate student, Bahar Behsaz, alongside collaborators from around the world, presents the new CycloNovo algorithm that identifies cyclopeptide spectra in a haystack of all peptides (a vast majority of peptides are linear) and decodes them by analyzing large MS datasets. 


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Nov 25, 2019

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Nestle as New Corporate Member.

To further increase the understanding of the microbiome’s impact on human health and to accelerate the development of innovative nutritional solutions promoting health and wellbeing, Nestlé has entered into a partnership with the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI).


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Nov 7, 2019

From jungle huts to city apartments: how do chemicals and microbes differ? .

Researchers at University of California San Diego, Rutgers and other universities compared microscopic materials in homes and people’s bodies, spanning the spectrum of urbanization in the Amazon basin. They found that the diversity of chemicals clinging to indoor surfaces increases dramatically with urbanization. Most notably, they found more fungi, industrial chemicals, cleaning agents and molecules derived from medications in city homes but not in rural or jungle homes.


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Oct 7, 2019

New UC San Diego Study Discover Interactions Between Phototrophic Communities Are Highly Dynamic and Driven by Availability of Nutrients.

Light-driven microbial communities, otherwise known as phototrophic communities, are widespread throughout the environment. This group includes cyanobacteria and algae, microorganisms that obtain their energy through photosynthesis, and heterotrophic microorganisms that use organic carbon as food. Researchers at University of California San Diego, along with collaborators from Johns Hopkins University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, are working closely to solve some of these unknowns through the integration of metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, and phenotyping with computational modeling.


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Oct 2, 2019

IBM and UC San Diego Explore Challenges in Constructing Knowledge Bases for Human Microbiome-Disease Associations.

In a new paper in the journal Microbiome researchers at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) and IBM are working together through the Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living program supported by IBM Research AI Horizons Network, to outline the barriers and opportunities for the creation of a comprehensive, accurate, and automated knowledge base for the field of human microbiome research.


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Oct 1, 2019

Three UC San Diego Researchers Receive Top Honors with NIH Director's Awards.

Three UC San Diego researchers have received prestigious awards through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, including the Pioneer Award and the New Innovator Award.


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