Author Archives: Lisa Manzanete

The Art of Scientific Research: New Tunable Expression Tools for Bacteroides in the Gut Microbiota

  The image to the left is of the colon of a dead lab mouse, though it wouldn’t look out of place on the walls of a hip art museum. The photo was made possible by a new technology to study bacteria called “tunable expression tools” developed by researchers Weston Whitaker and Liz Stanley in the Sonnenburg Lab at Stanford.

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Cough Up Some Cash: Drug Pricing and Development

In August 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals purchased the rights to an HIV drug that has existed for more than 60 years, and raised its price from $13.50 a pill to $750.00 a pill.[1]  The drug primarily treats toxoplasmosis, a disease that affects AIDS patients, pregnant women and other immunocompromised individuals.[1] Now, with annual treatment costing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars- many

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A Gut Feeling

You may have heard this potentially horrifying fact before: there are more microbes in your gut than there are cells in your body. That’s over 100 trillion bacteria, all primarily within your colon.[1] If we were to consider every microbial being on your body right now- your roughly 37 trillion human cells would be outnumbered 10 to 1.[2] That’s great (read: terrifying)

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