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Lauren Sara McKee

Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Lauren has authored 7 articles

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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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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It's time to track city sewage for emerging diseases, not just COVID-19

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The current pandemic accelerated the wastewater epidemiology techniques, but researchers hope to continue the practice to prevent the next one

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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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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

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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scientists are trying to develop sustainable biomaterials from wood

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Hemicelluloses are already used in food packaging, hydrogels, and more

The #BetterPoster debate rages – should you redesign your presentations?

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Biologist Lauren McKee chooses to reserve judgement – for now

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