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Educational event set to zoom in on complex world of microbes

Oct. 12, 2017—Students, teachers and parents are invited to explore the world of microbes — microscopic bugs — during a free hands-on event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Martin Professional Development Center next to Nashville’s Eakin Elementary School at 2400 Fairfax Ave.

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Each animal species hosts a unique microbial community and benefits from it

Nov. 28, 2016—A laboratory study of four animal species and their microbiota finds that each species hosts a unique community of microbes that can significantly improve its health and fitness.

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Vanderbilt chemist part of major microbiome research initiative

Nov. 4, 2015—Vanderbilt chemist helps craft call for major new research initiative to increase our understanding of the invisible world of microbes that surround us.

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The pronoun ‘I’ is becoming obsolete

Aug. 19, 2015—Recent microbiological research has shown that plants and animals, including humans, are not autonomous individuals but are holobionts: biomolecular networks that consist of visible hosts plus millions of invisible microbes.

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Microbes can influence evolution of their hosts

Jul. 18, 2013—A new study provides the first direct evidence that microbes can contribute to the origin of new species by reducing the viability of hybrids produced between males and females of different species.

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What beer, dogs, cats and soy sauce have in common: The movie

Feb. 5, 2013—A new video report of research by Antonis Rokas and John Gibbons describes how humans domesticated microbes like yeast just as we domesticated cats and dogs.

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What do beer, dogs and cats have in common? A tale of microbial domestication

Jul. 12, 2012—Study maps the genetic changes involved in the domestication of Aspergillus oryzae, one of the fungi used to make sake, soy sauce and miso.

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When events conspire

Feb. 1, 2011—Have you ever had the feeling that events beyond your control are working in your favor? That certainly seems to have been the case in the extraordinary sequence of events that led Vanderbilt chemist Brian Bachmann to establish the first systematic program designed to search for novel drugs among cave microbes. The first event was...

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