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  • Microbes Evolved to Colonize Different Parts of the Human Body
    As the human species evolved over the last six million years, our resident microbes did the same, adapting to vastly different conditions on our skin and in our mouths, noses, genitalia and guts. A team of Duke University scientists has tracked how this microbial evolution ...More
    March 20, 2017 Posted in News
  • ATM Keypads Reveal a City's DNA
    Automated teller machine (ATM) keypads in New York City hold microbes from human skin, household surfaces, or traces of food, a study by researchers at New York University has found. The work shows that ATMs can provide a repository to offer a picture of a city’s ...More
    November 16, 2016 Posted in News
  • Boston Subway System Covered in Microbes, but They're Not Harmful
    Boston's subway system, known as the T, might be just as bacteria-laden as you'd expect but organisms found there are largely from normal human skin and incapable of causing disease, according to a study published June 28 in mSystems, an open access journal of the American ...More
    June 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • U-M Students Analyze Their Own Biological Samples to Study How Microbes Affect Human Health
    A "me-search" lab for University of Michigan biology undergraduates gives students a close look at what might be the most compelling study subject of all: themselves. The lab focuses on the human gut microbiome—bacteria and other tiny organisms that live inside the ...More
    March 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Microbe Menaces Emerging Infectious Diseases, Hospital Pathogens Remain an Ongoing Challenge
    This digital issue explores disease caused by emerging infectious threats as well as hospital pathogens, and the interventions – such as hand hygiene, contact precautions and environmental cleaning – that can be used to control and prevent infection ...More
    December 30, 2015 Posted in Digital Issues
  • Researchers Want to Turn Acid-Loving Microbes Into Safe Drug-Carriers
    Usually the microbe S. islandicus is found in hot and acidic volcanic springs, but now the microbe has also found its way to the labs of University of Southern Denmark. Here researchers have for the first time showed that the exotic microbe is capable of delivering drugs to ...More
    November 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Dust Can Reveal Profile of Microbial Communities in the Home
    The humble dust collecting in the average American household harbors a teeming menagerie of bacteria and fungi, and as researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University have discovered, it may be able to predict not only the geographic ...More
    August 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • 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
    May 13, 2015 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
    May 13, 2015 Posted in News
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