Monthly Archives: January 2014

House dust exposure mediates gut microbiome Lactobacillus enrichment and airway immune defense against allergens and virus infection

Significance:  Early-life exposure to dogs is protective against allergic disease development, and dog ownership is associated with a distinct milieu of house dust microbial exposures. Here, we show that mice exposed to dog-associated house dust are protected against airway allergen … Continue reading

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Gut Microbiota of the Tick Vector Ixodes scapularis Modulate Colonization of the Lyme Disease Spirochete

Interesting paper out in Cell Host Microbe, actually from a lab at Yale (Fikrig lab in the med school) on how the microbiota of the tick can affect its colonization with Borrelia, the causative agent of lyme’s disease.  Mentions the … Continue reading

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Human and Helicobacter pylori co-evolution shapes the risk of gastric disease

This paper was mentioned in this week’s ASM news digest, and it’s a really cool story of how Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium involved in stomach cancer, has co-evolved to exist along with humans.  But, when a human population encounters a  … Continue reading

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Eco-evolutionary feedbacks drive species interactions

This. Is. Awesome. Link Abstract: In the biosphere, many species live in close proximity and can thus interact in many different ways. Such interactions are dynamic and fall along a continuum between antagonism and cooperation. Because interspecies interactions are the … Continue reading

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