under the microscope

How intestinal bacteria regulate emotion and behavior

Incredible video showcasing some recent advances in research. “In this talk, [Biologist Sarkis] Mazmanian … highlights recent advances showing that specific microbes improve symptoms of anxiety and autism, laying the groundwork to harness the human microbiome to develop revolutionary treatments […]

under the microscope

Delivering drugs with bacteria

I stumbled across this while learning about how to deliver microbes beyond the treacherous environment of the stomach. “The new ‘bacteria in a pill’ approach does things differently. Instead of pumping out a drug and purifying it in the lab, […]

under the microscope

A bacteria may help immunize against stress and anxiety. 

“Intriguing new research suggests that a particular bacteria may have beneficial anti-inflammatory effects on the brain. Early studies in rodent models found that through injections of the bacteria the animals can be ‘immunized’ against displaying anxious responses to stressful situations.” | learn […]