Incredible claims of some probiotic manufacturers are sometimes not backed up by incredible evidence. It is particularly a problem when such products are targeted at vulnerable groups. This includes children with autism. A recent review says it is now time to run proper trials on the efficacy of probiotics in autistic [...]Continue Reading →
A recently published review has again highlighted the progress being made in unravelling a possible relationship between gut microbes and obesity. Although controversial, there is a suggestion that specific species and groups of bacteria might be associated with being obese and that they might prove worthy targets for intervention (possibly via [...]Continue Reading →
A combination of new technologies and some recent discoveries has led many to point the finger at gut microbes as a predisposing factor in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Let’s run this one through to see what it might mean.Continue Reading →
Big is not something you would immediately place in the same sentence as microbe. However if your ambition is to catalog all microbes on earth it is probably wise to think very big. That is exactly what the Earth Microbiome Project aims to do in what we can rightly call massively [...]Continue Reading →
A large clinical study looking at the prevention of fever episodes by prebiotics (specific ingredients to help selected ‘healthy’ microbes grow in your gut) in infant formula has turned up a negative result. The addition of prebiotics made no difference to the number of episodes of kids getting sick. The obvious [...]Continue Reading →
Yet another conference is scheduled for December 2011 in Paris. Here are the details.Continue Reading →
Clinical studies represent the pinnacle of scientific endeavour in terms of proving whether a treatment has the effect we are all expecting. There are some very large studies that are ongoing and worth keeping a check on. The results could prove decisive for the future of any products or drugs that might make [...]Continue Reading →
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Bringing context and meaning to interesting discoveries made about microbes and how they might affect us. Even more specifically, it is about investigating the science of microbiology and explaining what it means and what we should think about with respect to the latest microbial discoveries..
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Max Bingham. I'm a science writer and this is my channel for going on and on about a topic I think is fascinating. I worked for 10 years as a research scientist studying gut microbes. I have a PhD in gut microbiology. All opinions are mine, except when they're from a guest, and any waffle is just a great idea working itself out.