Human Microbiome


  • 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
    1 week ago 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
    3 weeks ago 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
  • 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
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