Human Microbiome


  • 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
    2 weeks ago 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
    4 weeks ago 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
  • Healthy Humans Make Nice Homes for Viruses
    The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. On average, healthy individuals carry about ...More
    September 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Our Microbes are a Rich Source of Drugs, UCSF Researchers Discover
    A scientific team led by UCSF microbiome expert Michael Fischbach, PhD, identified more than 3,000 clusters of bacterial genes at different body sites that contain the blueprints for cellular factories that make drug-like molecules. One of the molecules discovered based on ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Home Microbiome Project Announces Results of Study on Household Microbes
    A study published in Science provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The study was conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. The results shed light ...More
    September 1, 2014 Posted in News
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