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Every person or animal that suffers from ill health and every pathogen that causes disease has its own genome. Research in this area examines how genome function directs the development of healthy bodies and how disorders disrupt that function.

Exploring the genomes of the microbes we live with also allows us to discover the molecular tools they use to aid or attack their hosts or to fight each other, knowledge that can act as a pathway to well-being.

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Dr. Radawa Barakat is the first author of the paper and a former graduate student in the Ko lab. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Iowa State University.
From left, postdoctoral researcher Elisa Caetano-Silva, kinesiology and community health professor Jacob Allen, Ph.D. student Akriti Shrestha and their colleagues found evidence linking the gut microbiomes of aged mice to age-related inflammation common to mice and humans.  Photo by Fred Zwicky
Study reveals how 'forever chemicals' may impact heart health in older women
The study team included, back row, from left, graduate student Rebecca Ultrich; chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother; Chris Fields, of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, research scientist Po-Chao Wen, graduate student Matt Sinclair; and, front row, from left, senior scientist Hyang Yeon Lee; Jessica Holmes, of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center; and biochemistry professor Emad Tajkhorshid. (Study lead author Kristen Muñoz not pictured)
Gabriel Graham studies sex change in anemonefish.
Aspergillus flavus is uniquely adapted to survive in bee colonies.