“The group of microorganisms resident in our gut is known as the gut microbiota. It is a diverse ecosystem of bacteria and other microbes that has a really complex interaction with its host, ie ourselves.”

Who doesn’t enjoy a good old bodily fluid exchange? Well, you might think twice about it if you were told that the bodily fluid in question would be f(...)

Dr Jim Sullivan, vice-president of pharmaceutical discovery at AbbVie: “It is important in basic research to have the talent working well together.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s got talent in scientific research, but we need to keep investing it to attract even more. That’s according to Dr Jim Sullivan of global biop(...)

Gut bugs: a study of older people found that those who had less diverse diets tended to have less diverse populations of bacteria in their gut, and this was also linked with poorer health

Diversity is the spice of life. And it seems the same goes for your gut bugs – as we get on in years, at least. That’s the finding of the Eldermet stu(...)

Rebecca Wall, a researcher with the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, with Dr Catherine Stanton: “Teagasc has a very big collection of bacteria cultures,” says Dr Stanton

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Ireland with approximately 10,000 people dying from it each year, according to the Irish Heart Foundation(...)

Faecal transplant. Yes, it means what it says. It involves taking faeces (let’s be blunt, poo) from a healthy person and transplanting it into (...)

Unexpected consequences: Francis Crick and James Watson in Cambridge in the 1950s. Photograph: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives

Sixty years ago this year an important thoroughbred stallion was conceived, one that would later prove to carry an exceptional set of genes. Al(...)