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The Microbial Anatomy of an Organ

​University of California San Diego researchers have developed the first 3D spatial visualization tool for mapping “’omics” data onto whole organs. The tool helps researchers and clinicians understand the effects of chemicals, such as microbial metabolites and medications, on a diseased organ in the context of microbes that also inhabit the region. The work could advance targeted drug delivery for cystic fibrosis and other conditions where medications are unable to penetrate. Full Story


Ants that live in the Amazon rainforest canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria in their guts than those that live on the ground

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) researchers and colleagues on the East Coast have for the first time quantified the number of bacteria in the guts of a broad range of ant species in the Amazon rainforest. They found that the primarily herbivorous ants that live in the canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria than those that live on the ground. The work has implications for the way microbiome studies are conducted. The authors published the study July 27 in Integrative and Comparative Biology. Full Story


Model predicts how E. coli bacteria adapt under stress

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a genome-scale model that can accurately predict how E. coli bacteria respond to temperature changes and genetic mutations. The work sheds light on how cells adapt under environmental stress and has applications in precision medicine, where adaptive cell modeling could provide patient-specific treatments for bacterial infections.  Full Story


IBM Research and UC San Diego Collaborate to Advance the Use of Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the University of California San Diego have announced a multi-year project to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL), located on the campus of UC San Diego. The groundbreaking center will bring together the technology, artificial intelligence and life sciences knowledge of IBM and UC San Diego to promote critical research and applications in two thematic areas: Healthy Aging and the Human Microbiome. Full Story


Good Bugs v. Bad Bugs: New breakthroughs in Microbiome Technology

San Diego, Calif., September 20, 2017 - The second in a series on disruptive technology, Good Bugs v. Bad Bugs was put on by the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego on September 20, 2017 at Knobbe Martens in San Diego, and featured Rob Knight, professor of pediatrics and computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UC San Diego, Richard Gallo, MD, Ph.D., chair of the department of dermatology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Mark S. Wilson, co-founder and CEO of MatriSys Bioscience, Inc.  Full Story


The Patentbiome of Microbiomes

On September 6, the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) hosted a Patent & Pizza Seminar on the topic, "The Patentbiome of Microbiomes", in partnership with the UC San Diego Office of Innovation and Commercialization.  Full Story


CMI Researchers Receive Grant to Address Grand Challenges in Microbiome Science

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) researchers have been awarded $140,000 to address one of the grand challenges in microbiome science workflows – establishing standards for validating microbiome-focused workflows and enabling robust meta-analyses. The grant was awarded by CMI and was made possible in partnership with BASF, Biota, Illumina, Janssen and QIAGEN. Full Story


Help UC San Diego Scientists Study Link between Body Bacteria and Autoimmune Diseases

The public's help is being enlisted in the Microbiome Immunity Project, what's thought to be the biggest study to date of the human microbiome — the communities of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on the human body, where they influence our health.  Full Story


What's Your Gut Instinct?

It’s no secret that diet, exercise, medicine usage, and other habits affect your health and lifestyle, but how they do so is different for everyone. The Internet is filled with opinions on the matter. A quick Google search on “how do diet, exercise, medicine usage, and other habits affect your health and lifestyle” yields more than 3,000,000 results! A new project at UC San diego has set out to help alleviate some of the confusion by creating an educational platform for people to ask and answer gut health-related questions. Full Story


Drug-delivering micromotors treat their first bacterial infection in the stomach

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time using micromotors to treat a bacterial infection in the stomach. These tiny vehicles, each about half the width of a human hair, swim rapidly throughout the stomach while neutralizing gastric acid and then release their cargo of antibiotics at the desired pH.  Full Story