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Lauren Sara McKee

Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Lauren has authored 6 articles

Antibiotics in fish farming create resistance and are an animal welfare disaster. It’s time for a change

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Aquaculture, like agriculture, has an antibiotic problem

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The bee microbiome can fight back against fungi that cause Colony Collapse Disorder

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Biocontrol may help bees where other interventions, like chemical pesticides, have failed

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Cats communicate with the help of bacteria living in their butts

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KittyBiome researchers want to study the cat microbiome to improve health and understand scent-based communication

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Meet Maria Sibylla Merian, the naturalist who painted insects in living color

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One of the first to recognize insect metamorphosis, she's finally getting her dues after 300 years of obscurity

Lauren Sara McKee

Bacteria from our guts have the tools to solve blood bank shortages

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The discovery of a new enzyme system that can convert type A blood into type O blood could ease strain on universal donors and transform healthcare

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Reducing agricultural carbon emissions will be good for the planet and our stomachs

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From soil microbes to factory farming, the Green New Deal could radically improve our food system

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Bone proteins can help identify how long a body has been submerged in water

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This finding will help forensic teams better determine time of death in some cases

Squid skin is naturally anti-microbial

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This new finding makes squid skin a potentially valuable medical product, and could reduce waste from commercial fisheries

The upside-down jellyfish stings you with mucus grenades

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Scientists call these, "Cassiomes"... but that doesn't make them any less painful

Genome analysis of Lactobacillus bacteria finds that they make up 25 distinct groups

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These bacteria are important for gut health as well as in foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and yogurt

We can measure coronavirus's spread by looking at people's poop

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Municipal wastewater treatments plants are actually ideal testing locations

Unlike bacteria, diatoms are picky about microplastics

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And that could affect how quickly different types of these tiny plastic particles are degraded

Start-up releases the world's first GMO probiotic

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The company claims the probiotic supplement can cure hangovers, but evidence in humans is lacking

The placental microbiome may not exist, but the scientific method is real

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Researchers from Cambridge have found that run-of-the-mill sample contamination likely led to the discovery of a placental microbiome

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To fight agricultural pests, scientists try spray-on plant vaccines

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RNA interference can be used to protect food crops and improve plants' health, no genetic engineering required

Fabiola De Marchi

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40% of food in America ends up in the trash. Is nanopackaging the answer?

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Consumer habits aren't enough to curb the impacts of food waste — packaging companies have the opportunity to make a big difference

Emerson Grey

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Sometimes they make food ferment, but used in the right way, these bacteria can also be a preservative

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Lactic acid bacteria produce antibiotic-like compounds that kill off potentially harmful contaminants

Lauren Gandy

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Science has a garbage problem. Why aren't recycling schemes more popular?

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Research institutions need to reflect on their attitudes toward plastic waste and make sustainability a priority in laboratories

Simone Eizagirre

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It's time to highlight our fungus friends in our microbiomes

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Our gut microbiomes contain fungi and protists, not just bacteria - so why don't we study them?

Adriana Romero-Olivares

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Organic food is booming, but it's grinding field laborers into the dirt

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The well-being of organic farmworkers is falling to the wayside as we rapidly increase our consumption of these premium products

Nicholas Karavolias

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That refreshing ocean mist is full of microbes

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And they're landing on your face

Jennifer Tsang

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