Posted 1st April 2020 by Joshua Sewell
Probiotics have been recommended for many conditions during the past century, ranging from long-term immunomodulatory effects to proven benefits in the management of chronic diseases. There is an increased availability of commercial products containing probiotic strains. Do all of them indeed provide health benefits for their consumers? I am convinced they don’t.
Posted 30th March 2020 by Joshua Sewell
In the last decade, research has well established (relatively speaking) the impact of gut microbiota on host physiology and behaviour. We know that the gut and the brain communicate bidirectionally. The gut-brain axis includes nerval, endocrine and immunologic pathways. What is less well established is whether alterations in gut microbial composition can affect brain structure and function in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Posted 27th March 2020 by Joshua Sewell
This article is republished with kind permission from BioVox.
Augustine Therapeutics is one of VIB’s latest spinoffs, developing a first-in-class drug for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. The company recently announced a seed-funding round of €4.2 million, led by V-Bio Ventures. We spoke to several of the key persons in Augustine about how the startup is tackling the “Valley of Death”: the no-man’s-land between academia and industry where many potential therapies often fail.
Posted 23rd March 2020 by Liv Sewell
Both transplant outcomes and lab methods have stagnated over the last 40 years. Ishita Moghe and Professor Kim Solez comment upon the rapidly changing landscape of medical research and the potential of digital pathology for transforming patient outcomes.
Posted 18th March 2020 by Liv Sewell
Scientific research is always working at the frontiers of knowledge, but plant genomics technologies have had a dramatic impact on plant science even by our standards. The wide availability of sequencing technologies has been a rare step-change that has unlocked knowledge in a way nobody in the field could have imagined twenty years ago. Knowledge which could make a considerable contribution to food security in the face of changing climates.
Posted 16th March 2020 by Liv Sewell
Professor Anant Madabhushi is a world-recognised, award-winning leader in computerized imaging research and translational applications, with over 160 peer-reviewed journal publications and close to 100 patents issued or pending. He is a keynote speaker at the 6th Digital Pathology & AI Congress: USA. He explains here why having patents is not enough…
Posted 13th March 2020 by Liv Sewell
Advances in breeding techniques for cereal crops will be a focus at the 8th Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress: USA. We asked Burleigh Dodds, an agricultural science publisher, to share an extract from one of their recent publications, ‘Advances in breeding techniques for cereal crops’.
Posted 11th March 2020 by Joshua Sewell
A large fraction of the microorganisms that constitute the human microbiome have remained uncultured. Some of the uncultured microbes have close relatives that have been cultured. However, there are also whole groups of microbes that don’t have relatives in culture.