Human Microbiome


  • 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
    3 days ago 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
    4 weeks ago 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
  • 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
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