Scientists are reporting that gut bacteria can influence our moods, identifying a “depression microbe” that feeds on brain chemicals.
Bears pack on fat when preparing to hibernate each winter. To avoid the health risks often associated with human obesity, the bears have specialized gut microbiota that takes in more energy from food in the summer.
Bison adjust their diet seasonally based on reduced availability of the grasses they perfer but are less nutritious during the spring and fall.
A recent analysis of the fecal matter of three different species of baleen whales, by Harvard and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, found intriguing similarities between the ocean giants and hippos and large, toothy predators.
Scientists have created a gut molecule that may be able to combat obesity, according to a new study.
No, the gut won't be defending the virtues of some microbes with impassioned speeches of grumblings and gurgles. However, when a person grows sick, the gut will still fight to support the good microbial community that helps keep its digestive processes regulated and infection-free.