Tag Archives: uBiome

Stink Bombs: the US Army’s Secret Weapon—and Cliff, the C. diff Detecting Beagle

Why stinky old bacteria generally don’t smell. In 2001 New Scientist reported that the US Army was hard at work building the “mother of all stink bombs.” As part of its Non-Lethal Weapons Program, researchers were apparently hunting for an odor so odious that it would trigger an overwhelming urge to run away, as a way of dispersing hostile crowds… Read more »

Move Over Genetic Engineering, Here Comes Microbiome Engineering.

NSFL (Not Safe For Lunchtime. Perhaps.) Thirteen years ago The New Yorker published what has since become that magazine’s most reproduced cartoon. It shows two dogs, the first sitting in front of a computer, speaking to the other, who is down on the floor. Dog 1 says: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Cartoonist Peter Steiner is reported… Read more »

Wait, Don’t Swallow That Door Key. Oh. Too Late.

You’re swallowing things from the minute you’re born. Especially bacteria. Towards the end of a night of heavy partying in 2006, a student’s friends wanted to take him home after he’d had a bit too much to drink. However, not wanting to leave the fun, the student actually swallowed his room key. This act of momentary alcohol-fueled madness resulted in… Read more »

Money and the Microbiome: How Wealth Affects Gut Bacteria

Remarkable findings on socioeconomic status and the microbiome “You are what you eat” is an expression popularized in the 1930s by Chicago weight-loss pioneer Dr. Victor Lindlahr, who hosted a popular radio show about nutrition. Incidentally, he championed what he called “The Catabolic Diet”, catabolic foods being items your body requires more calories to digest than are contained within the… Read more »