Human Microbiome

  • Bacterial Forensics Techniques Trace a Suspect From the Microbes on Their Shoes
    The microbial 'signatures' found on an individual's personal items, such as their shoes and cell phone, could be used to determine their previous location and trace their movements, according to a small pilot study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Bacteria ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Personal Microbiomes Shown to Contain Unique 'Fingerprints'
    A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies--known as the human microbiome--have the potential to uniquely identify individuals, much like a fingerprint. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues demonstrated ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • 11 Facts About Our Microbial Menagerie
    Trillions of microorganisms inhabit us—inside and out. Scientists are surveying these microbial metropolises to learn more about their role in health. Microbiologists Darren Sledjeski of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Andrew Goodman of Yale University ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Unprecedented Microbial Diversity Reported in Remote Amazonian Tribe
    A multicenter team of U.S. and Venezuelan scientists, led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center, have discovered the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria yet in humans among an isolated tribe of Yanomami Indians in the remote Amazonian jungles of southern ...More
    April 17, 2015 Posted in News
  • 3-D Human Skin Maps Aid the Study of Relationships Between Molecules, Microbes and Environment
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. These maps provide a ...More
    March 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Child With Autism Improves with Antibiotic, Prompts New Investigations
    John Rodakis, the parent of a child with autism was not looking to launch an international investigation into the microbiome (the collection of microorganisms that live on and in us) and autism, but, as he describes in his newly published article in the scientific journal ...More
    March 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • Sewage Provides Insight Into the Human Microbiome
    A new study demonstrates that sewage is an effective means to sample the fecal bacteria from millions of people. Researchers say the information gleaned from the work provides a unique opportunity to monitor, through gut microbes, the public health of a large population ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Produce First Map of New York City Subway System Microbes
    The microbes that call the New York City subway system home are mostly harmless, but include samples of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to drugs -- and even DNA fragments associated with anthrax and Bubonic plague -- according to a citywide microbiome map ...More
    February 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Gut Viruses Join Bacterial Cousins in Maintaining Health and Fighting Infections
    Microbiologists at NYU Langone Medical Center say they have what may be the first strong evidence that the natural presence of viruses in the gut — or what they call the ‘virome’ — plays a health-maintenance and infection-fighting role similar to ...More
    November 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Many Microbiome Studies Flawed by Contamination
    Many published microbiome studies are likely to have been contaminated and may incorrectly report the presence of microorganisms unintentionally introduced from the laboratory environment, says a study published in the open access journal BMC Biology. The findings could ...More
    November 12, 2014 Posted in News
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