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Microbes


  • 11 Facts About Our Microbial Menagerie
    Trillions of microorganisms inhabit us—inside and out. Scientists are surveying these microbial metropolises to learn more about their role in health. Microbiologists Darren Sledjeski of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Andrew Goodman of Yale University ...More
    April 28, 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
  • Drug-Resistant Bacteria Lurk in Subway Stations, High School Students Discover
    Forget the five-million plus commuters and untold number of rats -- many of the living things crowded into the New York City subway system are too small to see. An interest in the more menacing among these microbes led high school student Anya Dunaif, a participant in ...More
    February 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Skin Microbes Trigger Specific Immune Responses
    New research in mice shows that the immune system in the skin develops distinct responses to the various microbes that naturally colonize the skin, referred to as commensals. A team led by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part ...More
    January 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Shed Light on How Microbial 'Dark Matter' Might Cause Disease
    One of the great recent discoveries in modern biology was that the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. But much of that bacteria is still a puzzle to scientists. It is estimated by scientists that roughly half of bacteria living in human ...More
    December 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • Restrooms are Not as Unhealthy as You Might Think, Research Indicates
    Microbial succession in a sterilized restroom begins with bacteria from the gut and the vagina, and is followed shortly by microbes from the skin. Restrooms are dominated by a stable community structure of skin and outdoor associated bacteria, with few pathogenic bacteria ...More
    December 1, 2014 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • 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
  • 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
  • Battling Infection With Microbes
    A relationship between gut bacteria and blood cell development helps the immune system fight infection, Caltech researchers say. The human relationship with microbial life is complicated. At almost any supermarket, you can pick up both antibacterial soap and probiotic ...More
    March 12, 2014 Posted in News