About the Project
The BABE project (short for Baby-Associated Built Environment) is investigating how a good bacteria that lives in the gut of babies spreads around by conducting a survey of man-made environments where babies are found. Babies who have this bacteria (called "bifidobacteria") in them enjoy a number of health-related benefits, and we are trying to figure out why some babies have the bacteria and some don't. We think the answer might lie in how babies transfer microbes to each other. We are taking samples at locations like daycares, baby changing tables, and other places where babies go to look for this good microbe. Think of it like going on a microbial "safari!"
July 08, 2015 - Mother's Littlest Helpers: New perspective piece by Zac Lewis and Katie Hinde in Science
How do the microbes that colonize infants early in life get there, what do they do, and what do they teach us? View the full article here
April 10, 2015 - New publication on infant gut communities from BABE team member
Zachery Lewis (the team leader of the BABE Project) recently published a paper on how the microbial community that lives in the guts of infants is affected by breast milk. This paper entitled “Maternal fucosyltransferase 2 status affects the gut bifidobacterial communities of breastfed infants” represents exciting research into how milk composition influences the colonization of infants by Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis. View the full article here