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October 28, 2016 Infectious Diseases: Many Gains, Much To Do - Contagion Live - Infectious Diseases Today The past and future influence of microorganisms on infectious disease and the future of medicine were addressed by David Relman, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. “We like to think that we command this universe. We really don’t at all. This is a microbial planet,’ said Dr. Relman.  
October 7, 2016 A conversation from space with astronaut, Stanford alumna - Stanford News “Kate, this is David. It’s good to see you!” Relman said. “I have to say this — because how often do you get to say this? — greetings from Earth.” Rubins laughed. “I have to say this, because I don’t get to say this often: Greetings from space.” 
August 15, 2016 Human Cells Make Up Only Half Our Bodies. A New Book Explains Why - Jonathan Weiner - New York Times In 1999, for instance, the microbiologist David Relman found a surprising number of new strains of bacteria in plaque from between his own teeth, even though the human mouth was, by then, the best-­studied place in microbiology. In 2005, Relman found almost 400 species of bacteria in the human gut, and most of those had never been seen before either.  
July 20, 2016 Scientific literature: Information overload - Esther Landhuis - Nature About six years ago, microbiologist Elisabeth Bik of Stanford University in California set up PubMed alerts to stay current on papers in the fast-growing field of microbiomes, and she shared interesting studies with co-workers. (...) Co-workers suggested that other labs might benefit from her round-up, so she created Bik's Picks, a blog that gets 300–500 views daily. Besides links to microbiome publications, it aggregates news stories on microbes and other topics, such as science careers and publishing.  
July 8, 2016 Napa native on space mission showed early signs of promise - Jonathan Bloom - ABC News As astronaut Kate Rubins walked to the launch vehicle in Kazakhstan, a Stanford professor was watching from mission control in Houston. "As the rocket is sort of heading up into the sky I just choked up. I was overwhelmed," said Stanford medicine and biology professor David Relman. 
June 15, 2016 Antibiotics given to babies change their gut microbes for years - Anna Vlasits - STAT Bacterial diversity is so complex that the difference among strains can be as vast as the gap between Great Danes and dachshunds, said Dr. David Relman, a professor at Stanford Medical School, who was not involved in either study, though he does similar research. 
May 20, 2016 The inner lives of dolphins – Marine mammals carry an unexpected microbial mix – Steve Fyffe – Stanford Medicine “About three-quarters of the bacterial species we found in the dolphins’ mouths are completely new to us,” says senior author David Relman, MD, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology. Lead author Elisabeth Bik, PhD, is a research associate in Relman’s lab. 
April 28, 2016 New research confirms thriving microbiome is linked to a healthier body - Russell Brandom - The Verge "We still are not sure what the definition of a healthy microbiome is," says Stanford researcher Elisabeth Bik, who runs the Microbiome Digest blog (...). "The authors of both studies found a large range of microbiome compositions among these individuals, and we need to look at large groups of individuals before we can see patterns in microbiome composition that are associated with health." 
March 21, 2016 Controversial New Push to Tie Microbes to Alzheimer's Disease - Melinda Wenner Moyer - Scientific American A journal article says herpes virus and Lyme disease bacteria are behind the mind-robbing illness, but not all researchers are convinced. The burden of proof is formidable for this theory, in part because it is impossible to detect infections like HSV-1 in the brains of living people—they can only be seen postmortem. “‘Proof of causation is a major, critical and very complex issue,” says David Relman, an infectious disease specialist at Stanford University. 
March 9, 2016 Center launched to explore, exploit human microbiome The Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection has launched the Center for Human Microbiome Studies to coordinate research on the myriad microbes that people carry on and inside themselves. (…) Co-directors of the center are Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and David Relman, MD, professor of microbiology and immunology and of medicine. 
March 7, 2016 Keep Calm And Avoid Microbiome Mayhem - Kavin Senapathy - Forbes “[T]here is harm in giving false hope to people with all kinds of chronic conditions,” says Dr. Elisabeth Bik, Research Associate at Stanford School of Medicine, who writes a daily digest of scientific microbiome papers at the Microbiome Digest blog. “Microbiome research is still a very young field, and it is much too early to claim that we know how to use our microbiome to solve chronic heart and gut conditions, autoimmune diseases and diabetes.” 
February 17, 2016 Researchers discover previously unknown bacteria species in dolphins The research could help solve other mysteries, such as how dolphins digest their food, even though they swallow fish whole without chewing them. The answer might lie in a unique bacterial group that’s also been identified in an endangered species of freshwater dolphins living in China’s Yangtze River, Bik said. “It’s a very intriguing bacterial group that nobody has seen before in any terrestrial animal group,” said Bik. “I would really love to know more about those bacteria and sequence their genomes to understand more about their functional capacity.” 
February 16, 2016 Study tries to give C-section babies mom's germs they missed For now, the best advice is to avoid elective C-sections, and whatever the birth method, mother and baby should get lots of skin-to-skin contact, said Dr. David Relman, a microbiome specialist at Stanford University. 
February 8, 2016 Getting credit for peer review - Sandeep Ravindran - Science “Publons makes it very easy to keep a record,” user Elisabeth Bik writes in an email to Science Careers. Bik, a research associate at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, previously used a spreadsheet to keep track of the reviews she completed, but she didn’t always have time to keep it updated, she writes. Now, “you just forward the ‘thank you for reviewing this paper’ email from the journal to Publons, and then it gets stored on your account automatically,” she says. 
February 3, 2016 Stanford Researchers Uncover New Bacterial Diversity Inside U.S. Navy Dolphins Stanford researchers working with the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program in San Diego have discovered a startling variety of newly-recognized bacteria living inside the highly trained dolphins that the Navy uses to protect its ships and submarines, find submerged sea mines and detect underwater intruders. They found similar types of bacteria in wild dolphins as well. 
February 3, 2016 PhD Pathways: Discovering Potential Beyond Academia - Victoria Pu - Stanford Career Education  When asked to whom she’d recommend the event, Fiona Strouts—a postdoc in Microbiology and Immunology—replied, “Anybody who is either not sure what they want to do, or even maybe just thinking about the future, just to get lots of different opinions and different types of careers" 
January 28, 2016 Keynote Lectures IFFS-UIT 2016 - 26 - 28 January, Lisbon, Portugal Video of Keynote lecture II : The impact of the microbiome, by Daniel Digiulio 
December 28, 2015 The Science Behind Vacation Constipation: Why the holidays are a prime time for traveler’s constipation – Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato – The Atlantic “It’s influenced by stress,” says Elizabeth Bik, a microbiologist who studies the microbiome at Stanford University, “[and] that can have an effect on the way our bowels work.” The experience of a holiday trip—remembering to pack everything, navigating a crowded airport, staying with family for an extended period of time—may be enough to stop the bowels from functioning the way they usually do. 
December 18, 2015 New approach needed for governance of risky research, scholars say "We've got an increasing number of unusually risky experiments, and we need to be more thoughtful and deliberate in how we oversee this work," said co-author David Relman, a professor of infectious diseases and co-director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). 
December 3, 2015 Top Scientists Are Calling For Real Limits On Genetically Engineered “Designer Babies” “Many more kinds of people are doing life science experiments now,” Stanford University’s David Relman said in a presentation at the summit, noting the limited power of top scientists to halt experiments today. Even without designer babies, the widespread ability to edit genes could result in a new kind of biological weapon, he suggested. (..) Relman ended his talk by noting reports of ISIS executing a scientist at the University of Mosul earlier this year after he refused to help them make bioweapons. “It’s silly not to think about these kinds of risks,” he concluded. 
November 22, 2015 Getting your gut in great shape with scientist Leslie Dethlefsen #38 - Tony Wrighton - Zestology Blog Les Dethlefsen is a gut microbiota scientist, and a bit of a genius (although he's very modest when I suggest that!). He leads studies in Microbiology at Relman labs at Stanford University in California on the dynamics of the human microbiota. He has a Ph.D. in both Microbiology and Ecology/Evolutionary Biology from Michigan State. 
September 29, 2015 Another Frontier in Microbiome Research: Preterm Birth - Julie A. Jacob - JAMA (...) researchers at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University explored a lesser-known frontier: the relationship between preterm birth and the microbial composition of the vagina and other sites in the body. 
September 22, 2015 Doctors respond to Turing drug price hike: 'It's scare mongering’ - Laura Lorenzetti - Fortune “We are not in dire need of new drugs for toxoplasmosis right now,” says Dr. David Relman, chief of infectious diseases for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California. “There’s no public health need for such. This is simply about greed.” 
August 19, 2015 Women Lacking Vaginal Bacteria Lactobacillus Are More Likely To Experience Preterm Labor - Kristin Magald9 - Medical Daily “The first possible application is to use high-risk features in the vaginal microbiome as a marker, as a diagnostic tool to identify women early in pregnancy who are destined to have a higher risk of preterm labor,” Relman told Live Science. 
August 17, 2015 Bacterial community in pregnant women linked to preterm birth, study finds “We wanted to develop a baseline understanding of what happens to the human microbiome during pregnancy, both in women who deliver healthy, term babies and in those who deliver prematurely,” said the study’s senior author, David Relman, MD. 
August 12, 2015 Les Dethlefsen: Fecal Transplant Pills, The Microbiota & How to Restore Gut Health – #240 - Bulletproof Les Dethlefsen comes on Bulletproof Radio today to discuss recent discoveries about the microbiota, when you should take pre and probiotics, hacking the harmful effects that antibiotics have on our gut flora, and how a fecal transplant can save your life. Enjoy the show! 
July 29, 2015 Infectious Disease Doctors as Park Rangers - Jake Rosenberg - Student Stories This past week we heard a talk by David Relman, one of the leading researchers studying the microbiome at Stanford. What is the microbiome? Well if you count the number of cells in the human body there are 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. There are also more unique gene products made by bacteria. And there are also other microbes like viruses and fungi, which also live inside of us.  
July 2, 2015 Graduating seniors awarded 2015 Firestone and Golden medals, Kennedy Thesis Prize Laurie Rumker won the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for her thesis "Before and After the Flood: Stability and Resilience of the Human Gut Microbiota," human biology; advised by David Relman, professor of medicine; Stanley Falkow, professor emeritus of microbiology and immunology; and Les Dethlefsen, research associate in microbiology and immunology. 
May 29, 2015 Anthrax leak: US military orders wide review as more cases come to light Often labs create versions of influenza viruses that are more deadlier than the natural ones as they spread fast. Not enough is known about safety protocols at labs that perform infectious disease research. However, these are labs working on new treatments and vaccines by understanding how organisms cause disease."We have to find some happy blend of minimized risk and enhanced benefit," said David Relman, a microbiology professor at Stanford University. 
May 28, 2015 Several Oregon facilities among nation's secretive biolabs The consequences could be devastating if accidents were to occur with lab-created strains of deadly influenza viruses that are purposely engineered to be easier to spread than what's found in nature, said David Relman, a microbiology professor at Stanford University who is a federal adviser on lab safety and a past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. "You're talking about something that has the ability to take off, and we could not be confident of being able to contain it," he said. 
May 14, 2015 Student Perspective: Daniel Sprockett “Choosing a graduate program is a big decision. One of the most important factors for me was the opportunity for high-quality mentorship. This encompasses formal scientific mentorship (i.e. potential Primary Investigators), as well as various other informal mentors that can help develop you as a person, a critical thinker, and a citizen.” 
May 9, 2015 California should end the misuse of antibiotics in farm animals - Brad Spellberg, David Relman - Sacramento Bee We need to phase out all uses of antibiotics on animals that are not sick and combine it with a robust reporting system to track progress. That would help us better respond to resistance trends. It can be done.  
April 7, 2015 Event: Dynamics of the Human Microbiota-Les Dethlefsen Les Dethlefsen's talk will briefly introduce this study, but mostly it will provide examples and explanations of some striking recent research findings about the interactions between the gut microbiota and health. And hopefully stimulate lots of questions and discussion! 
March 17, 2015 Artificial Sweeteners May Change Our Gut Bacteria in Dangerous Ways - Ellen Ruppel Shell - Scientific American Stanford University microbiologist David Relman says this finding suggests that the bacteria in the human gut may not only influence our ability to extract calories and store energy from our diet but also have an impact on the balance of hormones such as leptin. 
March 6, 2015 Health focus shifts to gut microbiome and nurturing 'good' bacteria - Peg Moline - LA Times Enter Stanford microbiologist and infectious disease physician David Relman. "Think of [the gut microbiome] as a community that for millions of years has taken advantage of the environment we've created for them in our bodies," Relman said. 
February 25, 2015 Gain-Of-Function Research ‘Pause’ Continues, With Concerns - David Bruggeman Two researchers, Sir Richard Roberts and David Relman, sent the Chairman of the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity a letter expressing their concerns over the process by which the pause and review have been conducted.  
January 27, 2015 A look at our disappearing microbes - Andrea Ford - Stanford Scope Meanwhile, research by Blaser and others – notably Stanford microbiologist David Relman, MD – has shown that abundant bacterial and viral life is essential to healthy bodies. 
January 8, 2015 Within the Soil - GenomeWeb Relman says that the paper "illustrates the amazing wealth and diversity of as-yet-unrecognized, potent, biologically active compounds made by the microbial world — some of which may have real clinical value. 
January 7, 2015 New Antibiotic Stirs Hope Against Resistant Bacteria - Denise Grady - New York Times Dr. David A. Relman, a professor of medicine at Stanford, said by email, “It illustrates the amazing wealth and diversity of as-yet-unrecognized, potent, biologically active compounds made by the microbial world — some of which may have real clinical value.” 
December 31, 2014 Bacteria hold clues to our health - Heather Kelly - CNN "It's the world of our many and myriad microbial companions that we've been carrying with us all along, going back through ancestral times," said professor David Relman, an infectious disease doctor at Stanford University and the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. 
December 16, 2014 Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab Imagine that scientists wanted to take Ebola virus and see if it could ever become airborne by deliberately causing mutations in the lab and then searching through those new viruses to see if any spread easily through the air. Would that be OK? The question was posed by David Relman, a microbiologist at Stanford University, at a two-day meeting. 
December 12, 2014 Dual Use Research on Microbes: Biosafety, Biosecurity, Responsibility On December 10 to 12, 2014, a Herrenhausen Symposium was held in Hanover, Germany and discussed different approaches and perspectives to regulate Dual Use Research of Concern focusing on the pressing issue of lab made microbes.Talk by David A. Relman: "Moral and Ethical Responsibilities of Life Scientists – During Revolutionary Times" 
November 14, 2014 Scientific American’s Science Talk: Doctors Without Borders Fight on Ebola's Front Lines “We're going to talk about Ebola again with two experts, Stanford's David Relman, an infectious disease specialist will offer some thoughts later in the episode, but first our health and medicine correspondent, Dina Fine Maron, was at the recent annual conference of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans.“ 
November 5, 2014 Reddit Ask Me Anything with Les Dethlefsen Science AMA Series: I'm Dr. Les Dethlefsen, staff scientist in the Relman Lab at Stanford University. I study the microbiota of the human gut, focusing on how it varies over time, and on what happens when it's disturbed when we take antibiotics or change our diet. AMA! 
November 1, 2014 Huge Ebola outbreak unlikely for US "I don't think there's going to be a huge outbreak here, no," said Dr. David Relman, a professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's medical school. "However, as best we can tell right now, it is quite possible that every major city will see at least a handful of cases." 
October 16, 2014 ‘Critical Conversation’ to focus on human microbiome - University at Buffalo  One of the world’s leaders in research on the human microbiome will give the keynote address at the second program in UB’s “Critical Conversations”. "David Relman, the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor and professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will speak on “Your Inner Self: The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease”" 
October 9, 2014 KQED Radio: First Ebola Patient Diagnosed in U.S. Dies Forum will discuss how prepared the Bay Area is for a possible Ebola outbreak and what the U.S., and the world, can do to contain the disease. With David Relman and others. 
September 5, 2014 5 Questions: David Relman on risks of creating new pathogens Biosecurity expert David Relman, MD, asserts that a better approach is needed for assessing the risks and benefits of research involving the creation of new and dangerous infectious agents. 
August 8, 2014 CISAC experts tackle public health & policy questions on Ebola We ask CISAC biosecurity experts David Relman and Megan Palmer to answer several questions about Ebola and the public health concerns and policy implications. 
March 13, 2014 You Are Among the 1% (Only 1% Human, That Is) This microbiome, which consists primarily of bacteria but also some viruses and fungi, is a set of microbial communities that co-evolved with us and we with them. It has become part of the natural human landscape. “It is an extension of self,” says microbiologist David Relman.  
January 13, 2014 Human Microbiome FAQ A report written for a general reader, by the American Academy of Microbiology 
December 11, 2013 Staph Germs Hide Out In The Hidden Recesses Of Your Nose Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine voyaged up the nose to meet the natives — the bacteria that live in these warm, dark places. The nostrils are "a bit more like coastal grasslands than a nice, wet rain forest," says Dr. David Relman, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford and senior author of the study.  
November 13, 2013 BBC Radio 4 - Frontiers: "Gut Microbiota" What is it about the microbes in our guts that can have such an impact on our lives? Adam Hart talks to researchers who are discovering how important a balanced and robust gut microflora is for our health. And he asks how this can be maintained and what happens when things go wrong. With David Relman, Glenn Gibson, Fiona Powrie, Jeremy Nicholson, Paul O'Toole. 
October 18, 2013 David Relman passes the gavel to new IDSA President Barbara Murray Barbara Murray, MD, 2014 president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), is passed the gavel by 2013 IDSA president David Relman, MD. 
October 7, 2013 Our Bodies, Our Data David Relman, a physician and microbiologist at Stanford University, wants to understand how microbes influence human health. 
September 30, 2013 Stanford scientists awarded NIH grants for innovative research David Relman, MD, the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor and professor of microbiology and immunology and chief of infectious diseases at the VA-Palo Alto, and Susan Holmes, PhD, the John Henry Samter University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and professor of statistics, will use their $6.2 million in funding to examine the effects of perturbations in humans' microbial ecology. 
August 15, 2013 From the President: Year in Review David Relman, President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America: "2013 has been another amazing year. Our field and our professional society have faced more than a few challenges, and all of us, working together through IDSA, have realized an impressive set of accomplishments." 
July 24, 2013 Diversity, Stability and Resilience of the Microbiome, by David Relman (Video) Keynote Lecture by David Relman, given at the Human Microbiome Science: Vision for the Future. 
July 22, 2013 Staying Healthy May Mean Learning To Love Our Microbiomes NPR's Morning Edition Podcast (9 min), with Lita Proctor, David Relman, Martin Blaser, Jonathan Eisen, and Rosamond Rhodes.  
May 22, 2013 Scientists Map the Fungi on Your Feet It's no secret that the human body is awash in microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, both outside and inside. And it's mainly a friendly relationship that helps your body run smoothly and ward off disease, including infection with harmful microbes. In fact, "it's because of these relationships that we're here," said Dr. David Relman. 
May 10, 2013 Microbiomics: The Germ Theory of Everything "I think there are aspects of metagenomic analysis which are becoming more routine, more off-the-shelf, [and] there's a lot more that could be learned from metagenomic data," says David Relman, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University in Stanford, California. 
April 29, 2013 Microbes: The Trillions of Creatures Governing Your Health  The modern microbiome era started in the late 1990s, when David Relman, an infectious disease physician at Stanford University, decided to get a sample of the microbes in his own mouth. It’s a simple process: A dentist scrapes a sort of elongated Q-tip across the outer surface of a tooth, or the gums, or the inside of a cheek. These samples typically look like nothing at all. (“You have to have a lot of faith in the invisible,” one dentistry professor advises.)  
March 13, 2013 Research Explores Relationship of the Human Microbiome and Obesity Although research on the microbiome, obesity and bariatric surgery is still in its infancy, the general lines it will follow are beginning to be defined. 
February 28, 2013 Is the cure for acne almost at hand? Microbiologist David Relman of Stanford University, not associated with the study, adds that the complexity of the microbiome could further contribute to the disease’s occurrence. “We have to remember that nearly all microbes spend all of their time as part of a community,” Relman says.  
November 15, 2012 Preserving Lifesaving Antibiotics Today and for the Future It’s day three of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012, and today on the CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) president David A. Relman, MD, FIDSA, shares the story of a healthy, active, sixth grader whose life was taken days before his 13th birthday from an antibiotic-resistant infection caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  
October 22, 2012 Germs Are Us Bacteria make us sick. Do they also keep us alive? An article from The New Yorker, by Michael Specter. Interviews with Martin Blaser, David Relman, Andrew Goldberg, Katherine Lemon, and Michael Fischbach. 
September 25, 2012 Science and the Flu: A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing Provocatively titled "Is Nature or Man the Most Effective Bioterrorist?", the free event was co-hosted by Wonderfest (The Bay Area Beacon of Science) and Ask A Scientist (a lecture series for curious humans). The speakers hailed from Stanford: two-time Nobel nominee Stanley Falkow, professor of microbiology and immunology, and David Relman, professor of medicine and chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats. 
August 28, 2012 When the Mango Bites Back "Although it may appear that a lot of adults don't seem to develop diarrheal disease, they probably had a fair bit of it as kids, and it was through those episodes that they got immunized," Dr. Relman said. 
July 4, 2012 100 trillion good bacteria call human body home In the search for new life, scientists have studied the depths of the ocean and the lips of steaming volcanoes. They've looked on Mars and the moons of Jupiter, and even planets beyond this solar system. Dr. David Relman went searching inside his own mouth.  
June 19, 2012 ASM Live -- Antibiotic Exposure, The Microbiome and Obesity Laura Cox and Elizabeth Costello discuss variables involved in the development of the infant microbiome and how it affects adult metabolism and body composition in mouse models. 
June 13, 2012 Microbiology: Learning about who we are (PDF) Microbial inhabitants outnumber our body's own cells by about ten to one. These residents have become the subject of intensive research, which is beginning to elucidate their roles in health and disease. 
June 13, 2012 Microbiology: Learning about who we are (Nature Link) Microbial inhabitants outnumber our body's own cells by about ten to one. These residents have become the subject of intensive research, which is beginning to elucidate their roles in health and disease. 
May 9, 2012 Three Nations Divided By Common Gut Bacteria A child from the village of Chamba in rural Malawi has very little in common with one living in the city of Philadelphia in the USA. They eat different food, speak different languages, and enjoy different lifestyles. But they are both united by the fact that they are vessels for teeming hordes of bacteria. 
May 2, 2012 Classification Challenge: Documenting Microbes, Biodiversity’s Hidden Treasure David Relman, a Stanford microbiologist and “microbiome” pioneer says that the diversity and individual variation of our gut microbial communities suggests that “one of the most important ecosystems on the planet might be the human body.” 
February 2, 2012 Bird flu research – science for good or evil This week, a federal agency on biosecurity likened new bird-flu research to nuclear-bomb experiments. NPR's "Air Talk" featuring David A. Relman and Philip Alcabes.  
November 14, 2011 Blame it on Bacterio Big Picture Science Podcast: Discover how doctors diagnosed one man’s mysterious infection, the role that animals play as hosts for disease, and why the rate of emerging diseases is increasing worldwide. 
October 31, 2011 In Some Cases, Even Bad Bacteria May Be Good Overuse of antibiotics has led to the creation of drug-resistant bacteria — so-called superbugs, like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. But now some researchers are exploring an equally unsettling possibility: Antibiotic abuse may also be contributing to the increasing incidence of obesity, as well as allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux. 
October 28, 2011 Scientific Case Still Open On 2001 Anthrax Attacks NPR's ScienceFriday: John Dankosky and guests Stephen Engleberg, Paul Keim, and David Relman discuss new investigations on the 2001 anthrax attacks. 
October 19, 2011 Three Stanford School of Medicine professors elected to Institute of Medicine The Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced 65 new members last Monday, including three faculty members from the School of Medicine: Margaret Fuller, professor of genetics, David Relman, professor of microbiology and immunology and Abraham Verghese, professor of medicine. 
October 18, 2011 Two Cancer Studies Find Bacterial Clue in Colon Two studies published in Genome Research both found Fusobacteria in colon cancer tissue. Dr. David Relman, a microbe expert at Stanford University, said he was especially struck by the fact that two independent labs, using samples from different parts of the world, found the same thing.  
October 6, 2011 Microbe World Video: The Stability of the Human Microbiome Dr. Stan Maloy talks with David Relman about the microbial flora in the mouth and gut, and why they are important for human health. 
September 7, 2011 Biodefence since 9/11: The price of protection Since the anthrax attacks in 2001, some $60 billion has been spent on biodefence in the United States. But the money has not bought quite what was hoped. "There have been some really important lessons received from what has admittedly been a very large investment," says David Relman, a microbiologist at Stanford University in California who has been heavily involved in biodefence research and policy. 
August 29, 2011 The New Generation of Microbe Hunters It was Tuesday evening, June 7. A frightening outbreak of food-borne bacteria was killing dozens of people in Germany and sickening hundreds. And the five doctors having dinner at Da Marco Cucina e Vino, a restaurant in Houston, could not stop talking about it. 
August 11, 2011 Fine reading: Microbial Genomics and Infectious Diseases Would you like to read a concise and well-written review about how genomics has influenced our understanding of infectious diseases? David Relman, one of the leading contributors to this field, wrote a satisfying account in the NEJ of Medicine. 
May 26, 2011 'Ironman' veterinarian bridges gap between Japanese and U.S. veterinary worlds For Koji Yasuda, B.S. '05, M.S. '07, DVM '11, just communicating a need to people in positions of power is not enough. Everyone, he says, has the power "and obligation" to make a difference. 
March 30, 2011 March of Dimes to give $20M to Stanford med school for premature birth research To solve the tragic puzzle of premature birth, Stanford University's School of Medicine and the March of Dimes are creating the first research center in the country that enlists experts in many different disciplines - from sociology to genetics - to share insights. 
March 12, 2011 The Case Of The Disappearing Liver Disease Pediatric gastroenterologist Kenneth Cox, MD, had little to offer for the 15-year old boy suffering from two serious gastrointestinal diseases and a bacterial infection on top of that. But he could at least treat the infection. He prescribed the antibiotic vancomycin. And something very strange happened. The liver-disease symptoms vanished.  
March 9, 2011 Lab Vs. Courtroom: Different Definitions Of Proof NPR interview with Alice Gast, David Relman, and others about a study by the National Academy of Science evaluating the FBI techniques used in their investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks. 
December 17, 2010 Body's Hardworking Microbes Get Some Overdue Respect This past decade has seen a shift in how we see the microbes and viruses in and on our bodies. One of the first inklings that microbiologists were missing out on the body's microbial world came in 1999, when David Relman of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and colleagues found that previous studies of bacteria cultured from human gums had seriously undercounted the diversity there.  
November 19, 2010 Stanford Researchers Examine Microbial Communities Of The Mouth In a recent study, Stanford researchers from the lab of David Relman analyzed more than 11,000 microbial gene sequences from ten individuals to better understand oral microbial communities. Their inquiry yielded 247 species, including a handful of new microbes. 
September 13, 2010 Antibiotics Mess Up Your Stomach, US Study Finds Even seemingly gentle antibiotics may severely disrupt the balance of microbes living in the gut, with unforeseen health consequences, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. "The effect of ciprofloxacin on the gut microbiota was profound and rapid," Les Dethlefsen and David Relman of Stanford University in California wrote. 
July 12, 2010 How Microbes Defend and Define Us New York Times article on fecal transplantation and the international effort to shed light on the microbes that live in our bodies. “In just the last year, it really went from a small cottage industry to the big time,” said David Relman of Stanford University. 
June 27, 2010 C-Section Babies Skip The Bacterial Slide A new study shows that bacteria found on babies delivered via cesarean section just minutes after birth are drastically different from the bacteria found on babies who are delivered vaginally. Interview with Elizabeth Costello on NPR's All Things Considered.  
June 3, 2010 Why You Are Never Alone At Night: Human-Microbial Symbiosis Youtube video of David Relman speaking at Genbank's 25th Anniversary. Recorded on April 8, 2008. 
March 16, 2010 Bacterial Trail May Be Next Forensic Clue Crime scenes may one day make use of germ makeup, which can be traced to individuals. 'There's a rain forest of bacteria on your skin.' David Relman comments on a study by Noah Fierer. 
March 4, 2010 Koshland Science Museum's interactive exhibit on Infectious Disease A video podcast on the Koshland Science Museum's interactive exhibit on Infectious Disease featuring interviews with Erica Shugart, Ph.D., deputy director and exhibit curator, Dr. Eliott Kieff, Harvard University, and Dr. David Relman, Stanford University. 
September 30, 2009 Interview with David Relman In the interview below, correspondent Gary Taubes talks with Dr. Relman about his highly cited research on human microbiota. 
July 20, 2009 NASA Selects Former Relman Lab Member For Future Space Exploration After reviewing more than 3500 applications, NASA has selected nine men and women for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. Among them is Kate Rubins, former graduate student in the Relman lab, and the youngest astronaut candidate ever selected. 
July 16, 2009 Caution: Do Not Debug. It's an ecosystem in there - one you can't live without Interview with David Relman for the Stanford Medicine Magazine, including a video in which David Relman explains how he discovers the thousands of different kinds of bacteria living in humans 
November 21, 2008 "The Human Gut Is A Real Melting Pot"; interview with David Relman for NPR Scientists found 5,600 different species or strains of bacteria living in human intestines, making gut bacteria 10 times more diverse than expected. David Relman, one of the authors of the study, explains the findings and how a common antibiotic disrupts this bacterial community. 
November 19, 2008 Gut Check Reveals Vast Multicultural Community Of Bugs In Bowels A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine reveals in greater detail than ever before the full extent of the bacterial community inhabiting the human bowel - 10 times more diverse than previous research had suggested. 
August 26, 2008 Preterm Births Linked to Infection of Amniotic Fluid Infections of amniotic fluid are more common than previously believed and may be a major cause of premature births, says a study led by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. 
May 1, 2008 Microfluidic Isolation Chambers: Capturing the Genetic Makeup of Elusive Bacteria with a Novel Microfluidic Chip  A joint effort among researchers from Stanford University, San Jose State University, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute has produced a novel microfluidic device to isolate certain bacteria that cause periodontitis. 
December 6, 2007 Biomarkers For Kawasaki Inflammatory Disease Gene-expression profiles might be used to identify prognostic biomarkers for Kawasaki disease, and help to unravel the underlying biology of the illness, research published this week in the online open access journal Genome Biology reveals. 
June 26, 2007 Baby's first bacteria All new parents know that their baby is special and unique, from the top of its bald head to the tips of its tiny toes. Now Stanford scientists have shown that this individuality extends even to the bacteria that colonize the baby's insides. 
September 19, 2006 David Relman receives NIH Pioneer Award For the second year in a row, three Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have snagged one of the National Institutes of Health’s top prizes: the annual NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. 
January 5, 2006 Bacteria Thrive in Hostile Human Bellies The harsh acidic environment of your stomach is home to many more bacteria types than previously thought. In a study conducted at Stanford University, researchers extracted snippets of genetic material from the stomachs of 19 people and found the biological blueprints of 128 bacteria types.  
May 13, 2005 Stanford Gut Check Shows Diversity Of Intestinal Ecosystem The universe of microbes that lives in your stomach may be nearly as unique as your fingerprint, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine who have embarked on the early stages of exploring the intestinal ecosystem. 
October 6, 2004 Stanford Scientists Help Bring Study Of Smallpox Virus Into 'Molecular Age' Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have discovered details about the molecular effects of the smallpox virus, helping to shed light on why the disease is such a devastating killer. 
April 22, 2004 Elusive but Ubiquitous Microbe Fingered as Gum Disease Culprit in Stanford Study Even biology majors may not have heard much about archaea. Now researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have for the first time tied a specific disease to one of these unfamiliar organisms.  
December 3, 1999 Human Mouth Carries More Germs Than Expected The human mouth is awash with bacteria. Mostly neighborly bugs, they live on our teeth and gums, helping to digest food and to ward off attack by less friendly, disease-causing bacteria that can steal their way in. Stanford researchers have now shown that there are more of these oral inhabitants than previously thought.  
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