Are you a mouse who can’t let go of fear? Your microbiome might be the problem

Normally, animals can adapt to changes in their environments with corresponding changes in their behaviors. One well-studied example is what’s called “fear extinction learning.” Animals can be taught to associate harmless things like a sound or lights with a negative outcome. But, if that association changes over time, they can also forget it.

Some of us produce super-healing poop – and scientists are on it

Scientists often seem to be on a quest for sacred chalices or sterling ammo. But a group of microbiologists has now set out on a more odorous odyssey—one to find fantastical feces.

With data on poop’s therapeutic potential piling up, scientists have gotten wind of the possibility that some among us may be extraordinary excreters, dropping deuces with divine healing powers.