Human Microbiome


  • Research Finds That Cell Phones Reflect Our Personal Microbiome
    Scientists have found that our cell phones reflect the personal microbial world of their owners with potential implications for their use as bacterial and environmental sensors. Smartphones are everywhere, and they may be smarter than you think. Our cell phones actually ...More
    June 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Good Bacteria Armed with Antibiotic Resistance Protect Gut Microbiome
    Researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have discovered that populating the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts of mice with Bacteroides species producing a specific enzyme helps protect the good commensal bacteria from the harmful effects of antibiotics. ...More
    June 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Microbiome of the Human Hand is More Varied Than Previously Thought
    Microbial samples taken from populations living in the U.S. and Tanzania reveal that the microbiome of the human hand is more varied than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Microbiology. These findings suggest that the "standard" hand ...More
    May 12, 2014 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Investigators Add Immune System Dimension to Discussion of Microbiota and Disease
    Saint Louis University researchers have analyzed the microbiomes of people with chronic rhinosinusitis and healthy volunteers and found evidence that some chronic sinus issues may be the result of inflammation triggered by an immune response to otherwise harmless ...More
    December 20, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune System Shapes Skin Microbiome
    Our skin plays host to millions of beneficial and potentially disease-causing microorganisms; however, whether our immune system influences these microbial communities to prevent disease is unknown. In a study published online in Genome Research, researchers have explored ...More
    October 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune System Influences Skin Microbiome, Study Finds
    Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate for the first time that the immune system influences the skin microbiome. A new study found that the skin microbiome – a collection of microorganisms inhabiting the human body – ...More
    August 26, 2013 Posted in News
  • Biologists Identify Mechanism by Which Beneficial Bacteria Reside, Thrive in Gastrointestinal Tract
    The human body is full of tiny microorganisms—hundreds to thousands of species of bacteria collectively called the microbiome, which are believed to contribute to a healthy existence. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract—and the colon in particular—is home to the largest ...More
    August 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Looks at Microbial Differences Between Parents, Kids and Dogs
    As much as dog owners love their children, they tend to share more of themselves, at least in terms of bacteria, with their canine cohorts rather than their kids. That is just one finding of a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder that looked at the types and ...More
    April 17, 2013 Posted in News
  • Human Microbe Study Provides Insight Into Health, Disease
    Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition. The finding, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...More
    March 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study How Skin Microbiome is Transmitted Between People
    The human skin is home to countless microorganisms that we can't see, but these microbes help define who we are. Our invisible passengers – known as the skin microbiome - contribute to our health in numerous ways including educating our immune system, protecting us from ...More
    March 13, 2013 Posted in News
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