Better intestinal health may mean more wisdom and less loneliness, study finds.
Glycans, the complex sugars that stud cellular surfaces, are like a language that life uses to mediate vital interactions. Researchers are learning how to read their meaning.
A new article challenges the idea that turning back the clock of our bodies’ bacterial microbiome could fight non-communicable disease.
Scientists hustle to create new tests, drugs and expand telemedicine to battle COVID-19 over the long term
San Diego’s Scripps Health created a customized telemedicine conferencing system last March. It took just three weeks. Since then more than 510,000 patients have had “virtual visits” with doctors, helping minimize the spread of COVID-19.
New, mutated strains of the coronavirus are causing worry around the world as health officials race to vaccinate as many people as possible. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on why the new strains are popping up.
By using a sewage-handling robot, our laboratory has been able to detect coronavirus in wastewater 30 times faster than nonautomated large-scale systems. This advance, published in the microbiology journal mSystems, provides even more lead time to communities monitoring their wastewater for early warning about local cases of COVID-19.
Four months ago, Rommie Amaro and her colleagues were accepting the first-ever Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research. At the time, cases were slowly ramping up in advance of what we now know was to become a devastating winter surge.
Surveying the billions of tiny microbial astronauts that dwell within the orbital laboratory could help us prepare for human voyages to Mars
Automated process helps test city sewage for SARS-CoV-2, allowing researchers to forecast the region’s caseload one to two weeks ahead of clinical diagnostic reports
Atopic dermatitis can be persistent, and those affected may need to try various treatments over months or years to control it. Even if treatment is successful, signs and symptoms may return. Now, researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, report they have identified a universal strain of bacteria derived from healthy human skin that can treat atopic dermatitis.
Trials launched in the U.K. are exploring the safety and impact of mixing coronavirus vaccines from separate manufacturers
Would your skin actually be better off? What would you honestly smell like?
Jennifer Elwell, a nurse at UC San Diego, has been breastfeeding since her eight-month-old son was born. She also recently completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A new study by UC San Diego biologists has revealed insights on the intricate, adaptive mechanisms of a protective system employed by the cells of mammalian immune systems. These defenses have evolved to set a type of tripwire that produces an immune response against attack from viruses.
Student behavior and a range of risk mitigation strategies are credited for UC San Diego’s success.
AZoSensors speaks with Jesse Jokerst who heads up the Jokerst group at UC San Diego. The group has recently developed an affordable COVID-19 monitoring sensor that can be applied to facemasks. The team’s research has benefitted from a $1.3 million investment from the National Institutes of Health as part of the NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Radical (RADx-rad) program for COVID-19.
Scientists suggest the vampire finch evolved to drink blood to survive the volcanic archipelago’s harsh environment and scarce resources
University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found evidence that triclosan, an antimicrobial found in many soaps and other household items, worsens fatty liver disease in mice fed a high-fat diet.
The immune systems of some people who have not been exposed to the novel coronavirus could have some familiarity with the pathogen — possibly helping to reduce the severity of illness if that person does get Covid-19, a new study suggests.
According to Mary Poppins, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. In the case of coronavirus, a cloak of sugar helps the virus infect. This sugary-coating disguise, made of molecules called glycans, tricks the human immune system into identifying the microbe as harmless. The resulting recognition failure keeps the body from generating the defensive antibodies needed to destroy the invading coronavirus.
Science is continuing to shine a light on the links between gut bacteria and all kinds of health conditions, ranging from depression, to autoimmune disease, to Alzheimer’s and PTSD. A US research team working to further unravel its secrets has happened upon a specific signature of gut bacterial species, which it found could be used to detect liver fibrosis and cirrhosis with an accuracy of greater than 90 percent.
UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Adds Two Petabytes of Panasas HPC Storage for COVID-19 Research
CMI Partner, Panasas, storage expansion clears the way for sequencing massive amounts of genomic data that could hold clues to how coronavirus spreads? and how it could be cured
The coronavirus is covered in a sugary exterior which makes it hard for the body to fight against it. UC San Diego chemists have zoomed in the coronavirus and uncovered a detailed picture of this shield, so that vaccine and antiviral developers can find ways to get through it.
During the induction period, patients in the treatment group had higher incidences of infections and serious infectious compared to placebo.
In normal times, Jack Gilbert is hard to pin down. The University of California, San Diego professor usually travels nearly a quarter-million miles each year, giving talks, attending events and working with collaborators around the globe.
Computational approaches help to map the extensive biochemical chatter between bacteria and their human hosts.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus, like all biological material, is composed of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, metabolites and other small molecules. Researchers are using -omics technologies (e.g. proteomics, lipidomics, transcriptomics, genomics) to develop biomarker tests, understand the biology of the novel coronavirus, and provide insight into our immune response to infection. Metabolomics aims to measure all the metabolites and other small molecules in a sample; and it is being used to survey the blood, urine, feces and saliva to identify chemical biomarkers of COVID-19 and better understand the disease.
Armies of microbiologists are swabbing subways, ATMs, and hospitals in search of the novel coronavirus. Their data could help cities reopen responsibly.
This finding illuminates an unexpected connection between the abilities of simple organisms and complex neurons in the human brain.