• New Research Reports First Results of Effort to Understand the Human Microbiome
    Earth Day may be more than a month away, but another, more personal, ecosystem has been shown to also be worth protecting—within our bodies are communities of microbes that affect the behavior of human cells hosting them. These communities, called the "microbiome," is so ...More
    February 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Biochip Technology Uses Tiny Whirlpools to Corral Microbes
    Researchers have demonstrated a new technology that combines a laser and electric fields to create tiny centrifuge-like whirlpools to separate particles and microbes by size, a potential lab-on-a-chip system for medicine and research. ...More
    January 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • Dust Plumes Power Intercontinental Microbial Migrations
    Along with pollutants from Asia, trans-Pacific dust plumes deliver vast quantities of microbes to North America, according to a manuscript published online ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. "We detected thousands of unique microbial ...More
    December 17, 2012 Posted in News
  • Germs in Space: Preventing Infection on Long Flights
    Atlantis astronauts happily shared the same air and small spaces, with a multitude of surfaces, on space shuttle mission 104 in 2001. They are, from the left, Charles O. Hobaugh, pilot; Janet L. Kavandi, flight engineer and mission specialist; and Steven W. Lindsey, ...More
    October 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • NIH Team Describes Protective Role of Skin Microbiota
    A research team at the National Institutes of Health has found that bacteria that normally live in the skin may help protect the body from infection. As the largest organ of the body, the skin represents a major site of interaction with microbes in the environment. Although ...More
    July 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • The Olympics of Germs: Mayo Expert Offers Tips on Avoiding Illness in Crowds
    Massive crowds from around the globe will mingle in London during the Olympics, and that means a world-class array of germs will mix with them. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert Gregory Poland, MD, offers several tips for avoiding illness when you are around lots of ...More
    July 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • Gut Microbes Battle a Common Set of Viruses Shared by Global Populations
    The human gut is home to a teeming ecosystem of microbes that is intimately involved in both human health and disease. But while the gut microbiota is interacting with our body, they are also under constant attack from viruses. In a study published online in Genome ...More
    June 25, 2012 Posted in News
  • Census of Microbes in Healthy Humans is Reported
    Trillions of microbes inhabit the human body, occupying virtually every nook and cranny. And most of the time, this relationship is a friendly one, with microbes helping to digest food, strengthen the immune system and ward off dangerous pathogens. But despite their ...More
    June 13, 2012 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease May Have Shaped Human Origins
    Roughly 100,000 years ago, human evolution reached a mysterious bottleneck: Our ancestors had been reduced to perhaps 5,000 to 10,000 individuals living in Africa. In time, “behaviorally modern” humans would emerge from this population, expanding dramatically in both number ...More
    June 5, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Work Together to Achieve Milestone Against Deadly Diseases
    Investigators at the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases (CSGID) and the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease (SSGCID) announced today that they reached a significant milestone by determining 1,000 protein structures from infectious ...More
    June 5, 2012 Posted in News