How has industrialisation and animal domestication impacted the human gut microbiome

The gut microbiome consists of all microorganisms that are present in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The gut microbiota, more specifically, consists of all bacteria, both commensal and pathogenic that reside in the GI tract. It has gained increasing popularity due to its newly discovered important role in metabolism and immune protection against pathogens.

Down your daily dose of exercise with a glass of water

Would an exercise pill be effective and is it a good idea? This article was inspired by a piece written in the New Scientist by Jo Marchant and summarises the research, concerns and hopes for exercise mimetic drugs that may help combat the health hazards of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

The next 500 years

Hosted by the Royal Institution, geneticist and computational biologist Christopher E. Mason gave a talk providing a detailed roadmap for the next 500 years of space exploration. Ultimately, the endpoint of the ten phase plan is the ability for humans to be genetically engineered into a multi-planetary species, able to live on other planets, and maybe even solar systems. 

Magic Mushrooms, the Future of Mental Health Treatment

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is gaining popularity due to its effectiveness in mitigating mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and addiction. This article will summarise the findings of a systematic study review conducted by Wheeler and Dyer in 2020.