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Gross! Scientists Find More Than 10,000 Species Of Germs On The Human Body
2012-06-14 10:35:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Take a much closer look at the human body and you might see something you perhaps didn´t expect to find: a community of more than 10,000 different species of germs and bacteria, making their home on our skin, in our mouths, up our noses, and in our gut. While you may squirm at the thought of having so many germs crawling in, on, over and around your body, scientists are quick to point out that not all these germs are bad. In fact, researchers have...

Census Report For microbes In Healthy Humans
2012-06-13 22:13:30

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 prominent roles, researchers have understood little about which microbes reside in specific sites of the body. Now, a consortium of some 200 U.S. scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and elsewhere...

Human Microbiome Project Exposes Battle History Between Bacteria, Viruses In Human Body
2012-06-13 19:55:49

Informatics, biology team demonstrates role of foreign DNA strands in life-supporting bacteria An Indiana University team of researchers has conducted the most in-depth and diverse genetic analysis of the defense systems that trillions of micro-organisms in the human body use to fend off viruses. The work is among a collection of 16 research papers released today by the Human Microbiome Project Consortium, a National Institutes of Health-led effort to map the normal microbial make-up of...

Map Of Bacterial Makeup Of Humans Reveals Microbial Rare Biosphere
2012-06-13 19:43:22

NIH Human Microbiome Project finds patterns of microbial diversity, distributions earlier discovered in ocean ecosystems by scientists at MBL Woods Hole The landmark publication this week of a "map" of the bacterial make-up of healthy humans has deep roots in an unexpected place: the ocean. Microbial communities that live on and in the human body, known collectively as the microbiome, are thought to have a critical role in human health and disease. Five years ago, the National...

2012-06-13 15:05:56

First detailed studies describe diversity, variety, and function of microbes in people Human beings are ecosystems on two legs, each of us carrying enough microbes to outnumber our human cells by 10 to 1 and our genes by even more. Identifying the dizzying numbers of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on our bodies is like exploring a new planet. You need much more than telescopes and charts to map the unknown territory called our microbiomes — and explorers to take a...

2012-06-13 15:01:55

When researchers at NIH and Celera published the first complete draft sequences of the human genome in 2001, many people assumed that the genetic foundation for a new and complete understanding of the human body and its functions had been achieved. As it turned out this was far from the complete story, since it turns out that our bodies are, well“¦ not completely human. In the culmination of a multi-year effort directed by NIH, the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) has...

2012-06-13 14:47:21

For the first time a consortium of researchers organized by the National Institutes of Health, including a University of Colorado Boulder professor, has mapped the normal microbial makeup of healthy humans. The team made up of 200 researchers from the Human Microbiome Project Consortium, or HMP, and based at 80 research institutions, reports that while nearly everyone carries pathogens -- which are microorganisms that cause illness -- pathogens cause no disease in healthy individuals....

2012-05-14 10:15:58

The first study using cultivation independent sequencing of the microorganisms in the adolescent male urinary tract has revealed that the composition of microbial communities colonizing the penis in young men depends upon their circumcision status and patterns of sexual activity. This study, published Friday in the online journal PLoS One, is the first by Indiana University researchers working with a four-year, $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health´s Human Microbiome...

2011-07-26 06:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NuMe Health LLC, a biotechnology company developing evidence-based prebiotics designed to address specific health conditions, today announced that it has closed a series A-1 financing round and hired Dean P. Stull, PhD, as chief executive officer. The $675,000 financing was led by BVM Capital LLC and represents the first closing of a larger series A round. The funds from the financing will be used primarily to support corporate and product...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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