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Is AI the Cancer-Fighting Tool We’ve Been Waiting For? →

As AI and new imaging tools give researchers vast amounts of data on tumors, they are winning some battles against cancer. ISB President Dr. Jim Heath was interviewed for this extensively reported feature story for Newsweek Magazine.


Posted on November 22, 2023

A Gut Feeling About Precision Medicine →

ISB Associate Professor Dr. Sean Gibbons spoke with Mark O. Martin from the University of Puget Sound. Gibbons talked about how the study of host-associated microbial communities gives us insights into evolution, ecology and human health.

Matters Microbial podcast

Posted on November 10, 2023

T Cell Discovery Unlocks Potential for Crafting Tailored Immune Responses →

This story published by Inside Precision Medicine covers ISB research showing that the different disease-fighting functions of distinct T cells are determined by the genetically encoded T-cell receptor (TCR) sequence that are unique to those cells. The findings are promising for developing custom immune responses to specific antigens.

Inside Precision Medicine

Posted on October 26, 2023

A systems biology perspective on the gut microbiome →

ISB Associate Professor Dr. Sean Gibbons was a guest on the ISAPP Science, Microbes & Health podcast. In this episode, Gibbons talked about exploring and manipulating the complex ecology of the microbiome with the aim of engineering outputs of this system, as well as the utility of AI in microbiome science and how the microbiome will play a role in personalized medicine in the future, including in the delivery of probiotics and prebiotics.


Posted on October 19, 2023

Long COVID: An explainer and research roundup →

The Journalist’s Resource featured work by ISB researchers showing four predictive factors of long COVID. The Journalist’s Resource was created by Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy as an open-access online publication for journalists.

The Journalist’s Resource

Posted on September 26, 2023

What the young can give to the old →

The Economist highlights work by several ISB researchers showing that gut microbiome patterns reflect healthy aging and predict survival in humans. The work was originally published in the scientific journal Nature Metabolism.

The Economist

Posted on September 25, 2023

How Assessing Biological Age Improves Wellness →

Lee Hood and Nathan Price discuss their approach to scientific wellness – distilling data into a simple, actionable measurement: biological age. Their goal is to leverage technology to compile data from the brain, body, gut microbiome, and more to create a model for scientific wellness.

Longevity by Design Podcast

Posted on September 13, 2023

Can a Virus Cause Alzheimer’s Disease? →

Senior Research Scientist Cory Funk was interviewed for a story looking at viruses being the cause of Alzheimer’s disease and examining a preprint paper showing that a shingles vaccine could prevent 20 percent of dementia cases.

Health Central

Posted on September 12, 2023

Optimize Healthspan With Scientific Wellness →

Nathan Price was interviewed for the Modern Healthspan podcast, where he talked about scientific wellness, measuring wellness, the microbiome, and much more.

Modern Healthspan Podcast

Posted on August 30, 2023

How does the microbiome change with age? →

Sean Gibbons was a guest on The Gutology Podcast. In the roughly 45-minute conversation, Gibbons talked about his microbiome research, what worries him in the research field, what he’s excited about, and much more.

The Gutology Podcast

Posted on August 17, 2023

Researchers find a chink in the armor of tuberculosis pathogen →

ISB researchers have identified a network within Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the pathogen that causes tuberculosis, that allows it to tolerate and resist drug therapies. When the network is disrupted, Mtb’s cells are unable to properly divide, compromising their cell wall – a key defense mechanism.

Medical Xpress

Posted on August 8, 2023