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Genetically Modified Cheese… Is Nothing Safe? At the Boundaries of the GMO Controversy

The rind of Baley Hazen Blue cheese from Jasper Hill Farm in VT

A couple of years ago, my fiancée and I wanted to try to make some home-made mozzarella cheese, but ran into a problem. In order to turn milk into cheese, you have to add a substance called “rennet,” which causes the milk to coagulate, allowing you to separate the curd (mostly fats and hydrophobic proteins) [...]

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Investigating the Cheese Microbiome

The rind of Baley Hazen Blue cheese from Jasper Hill Farm in VT

Last week was a monumental one for me – I said goodbye to my old lab, where I’ve worked for the past 5 years. It was harder than I thought it would be to leave. Grad school was rough at times, but it was an overwhelmingly positive and rewarding experience, due in no small part [...]

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Talking back

Brie and Milbenkäse Are the New “Lab Rats” for Microbiologists

Trillions of microbes, a galaxy’s worth of prokaryotes, inhabit the human GI tract. Figuring out what the microbiome does, as this Brobdingnagian collection of critters is known, remains a grand challenge of biology. As always, scientists try to make a difficult problem tractable by conducting studies in a simpler version of the organism or environment they [...]

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