Monthly Archives: May 2016

Restoring a lost microbiome to a model worm

C. elegans

A lost dimension of life is being restored to the laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans. With the promise of building yet further on its already resounding success as a model organism, research that reunites it with a microbiota resembling that found in its wild relatives, launches it as a new host-microbiome model.


Chewbaaka migrated from North America


OK, OK, so we might not be talking about the Chewbaaka in Star Wars. But the Chewbaaka mentioned in this blog is a cheetah. The cheetah species (Acinonyx jubatus) is now at home on the African plains, but it started a migration 100, 000 years ago from North America towards its current habitat. Research published in Genome Biology found that the migration from North America was costly for the species, triggering the first major reduction in their gene pool.