The Bony-Eared Assfish, Filthy Hairbrushes, and the Poop Emoji — 2016 What a Year!

A look back at some of uBiome’s most popular 2016 posts.

Happy New Year! As we look toward 2017, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of our most favorited posts from 2016. We covered a lot of ground and, we hope, provided a few chuckles along the way. Here’s your chance to relive some of 2016’s highlights. Continue reading “The Bony-Eared Assfish, Filthy Hairbrushes, and the Poop Emoji — 2016 What a Year!”

What We’re Reading

Happy Wednesday everyone! Here’s a quick roundup of wonderful words about our bacterial friends. Click the bold text to read more:

  • Putting foreign objects into your body tends to have an impact. But what about contact lenses? Brand new research shows that contact lenses can not only shift the eye microbiome but may be associated with more frequent eye infections.


Thanks for reading with us today!

What We’re Reading

Happy Tuesday everyone! Here’s a quick roundup of marvelous microbial pieces we’ve been reading lately:

Hope that tickles your tastebuds. What’s the best thing you’ve read recently? I’d love to know!

What We’re Reading

Happy Friday! Here’s a quick roundup of fun and fantastic things we’ve been reading this week. Enjoy!


Hope that gets your mind moving. What’s the best thing you read this week? Please share in the comments.


What We’re Reading

Happy Tuesday, and welcome to our regular roundup of microbiome readings. Enjoy!



– We start with some good fun for the day: help cure cancer while playing a citizen science game! Reverse the Odds.

An incredible study just came out in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Nine teenagers with Crohn’s Disease were given fecal microbial transplants from people without Crohn’s Disease, and 7 of the 9 kids went into remission, with 5 kids still in remission 12 weeks after the treatment! The important implication here is that the microbiome could have potentially therapeutic effects.

Should the government tell you what to eat? Or should masses of people start doing their own experiments on what kinds of diets are best for human bodies of different varieties? This New York Times article sounds like a call for more research on how food affects us (and our microbiomes.)

– Amazingly, some of your inherited traits may have come from bacterial DNA passed down from your mother. It turns out human DNA may not be the only thing we pass on to our kids. These inherited bacteria can influence traits such as your weight and behavior. Scientists had previously assumed that we acquired bacteria from our environment as we developed through childhood, but this new evidence suggests a genetic component to microbial acquisition as well.

Allergic kids in Australia have been successfully treated by gradually increased exposure to peanuts while taking a good dose of probiotics. A few of the kids had adverse reactions, but many more found their allergy massively decreased or even eliminated. Thanks to Phil DiNuzzo here at uBiome for passing this along.

If you’ve read something magnificent and would like to see it here next week, please let me know.

We wish you and your microbiome a wonderful week!


What We’re Reading

Welcome to another episode of marvelous microbiome mentions we’ve been reading lately. Enjoy!

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– This has to be the cutest thing ever. Giant Microbes! A toy company in the UK makes stuffed microbes at over a million times their actual size. Come on now, who wants a cuddly little Norovirus? Or a plush Flesh Eating Disease?

– Scientific American has published a beautiful editorial dedicated to Innovations in the Microbiome. It has articles from legendary researchers on topics ranging from mental health to hunter-gatherers to how microbiome research will pay off. A great curl-up-with-your-laptop read.

– Researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle have made a new discovery. They found that there are some strains of bacteria in the gut that vary widely in how many of them there are (copy number variation), some strains that don’t vary in number very much between people, and some strains whose copy number is associated with obesity or IBD. So it would seem that it’s not just which bacteria we have in our gut that matters, but how many of each kind there too.

– A fun and reassuring post about the smell of vulvas and vaginas. Should they smell like fish? Yeast? Onions? Sour milk? It all depends. But this just might be the quote of the day: “You won’t end up with latte-scented genitals if you hit up Starbucks too many times.”

If you’ve read something magnificent and would like to see it here next week, please let me know!

We wish you and your microbiome, as always, a wonderful weekend.


What We’re Reading

Here are a few not-to-be-missed snippets of what we at uBiome are reading this week. Enjoy!

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The Huffington Post published an infographic explaining some of the physical and mental health conditions that have been connected to gut flora imbalances. The list includes depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, obesity, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, colon cancer, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Just a hint of the magnitude of promising microbiome research coming down the road.

– Pharma jumps on the wagon too. Johnson & Johnson announced that it is opening a microbiome institute, with an eye towards identifying and treating medical conditions sooner and more effectively than is currently possible.

– I just started reading Rob Dunn’s book The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today. Part of his thesis is that cleanliness, while helpful in some ways, can be harmful in other ways, possibly even contributing to things like allergies and chronic disease. I’m excited to dive deeper into this intersection of evolutionary biology, medicine, and the ecology of our planet.

Making breakfast with your vagina?!? If you’ve read this far, you deserve a special treat. Probably not safe for work (unless you work at uBiome!), but it’s a fun read. And yes, some people actually eat vagina yogurt.

If you read something amazing that you’d like to share here next week, please let us know!

We wish you and your microbiome another wonderful weekend.