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2011-06-22 00:00:33

Software delivers genome center results in variant detection and metagenomic analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data. Provides unparalleled speed and sensitivity in comprehensive pipelines while supporting Illumina, Complete Genomics and Roche 454. Available immediately for free at http://www.realtimegenomics.com. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 21, 2011 Real Time Genomics, Inc., today announced the immediate availability of RTG Investigator Version 2.2, the most advanced...

2011-03-15 13:29:39

An interdisciplinary team of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital researchers will study the possible link between the human microbiome, the mitochondrial genome and premature birth with a four-year $600,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The grant is one of five nationwide designed to explore the biological mechanisms and causes of premature (preterm) birth, which occurs at a rate of 13 percent in the United States. Rates are even higher in African-American and...

2010-12-23 13:00:00

BOSTON, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists at the University of Tokyo have discovered that specific gut-dwelling bacteria control key immune cells that combat allergies and autoimmune diseases. The paper describing these findings was published in today's issue of the journal Science, and technology originating from the work is being advanced by start-up Vedanta Biosciences. Dr. Kenya Honda and colleagues initially showed that mice raised in sterile conditions had deficient levels...

2010-12-15 16:02:46

A mounting tide of scientific evidence suggests that the old adage from Aesop's fables "” "You are known by the company you keep" "” also applies to the trillions of microscopic bacteria and viruses that live on the human body. Humanity's invisible but constant companions "” more bacteria hang out on the palms of your hands than there are people on Earth "” is the topic of an article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly...

2010-09-07 11:32:00

HOUSTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov) today announced expanded funding of the Baylor College of Medicine Human Microbiome Project clinical program initiated last year at Texas Children Hospital (www.texaschildrens.org). The program will receive $3.4 million over three years to broaden the current study of pediatric abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome. A key question will be how human microbes affect pain signaling in the...

2010-06-10 15:14:54

At birth, your body was 100-percent human in terms of cells. At death, about 10-percent of the cells in your body will be human and the remaining 90-percent will be microorganisms. That makes you a "supraorganism," and it is the interactions between your human and microbial cells that go a long way towards determining your health and physical well-being, especially your resistance to infectious diseases. To learn more about the community of symbiotic microbes that outnumber our own somatic...

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2010-05-22 09:13:54

Diversity of human microbes greater than previously predicted The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) on Thursday published an analysis of 178 genomes from microbes that live in or on the human body. The researchers discovered novel genes and proteins that serve functions in human health and disease, adding a new level of understanding to what is known about the complexity and diversity of these organisms. The human microbiome consists of all the microorganisms that reside in or on the human body....

2010-05-20 13:00:00

Consortium Finds Greater Microbial Diversity in Human Microbiome than Previously Known ROCKVILLE, Md., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit genomic research organization, have published (along with other members of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Microbiome Jumpstart Reference Strains Consortium), a catalog of 178 microbial reference genomes isolated from the human body. Other members of the Consortium are: Baylor...

2010-04-27 08:47:44

The human species is dependent for its survival on the billions of microorganisms that inhabit multiple environmental niches within and on the human body. While microbes are commonly associated with diseases and infections, they are also vital in essential, beneficial roles such as digestion, where they help synthesize vitamins and ferment complex indigestible carbohydrates. The overwhelming majority of microbial species (>99%) resist cultivation in the laboratory. However, recent advances...

2010-03-04 11:19:47

The thousands of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live in our gut are essential contributors to our good health. They break down toxins, manufacture some vitamins and essential amino acids, and form a barrier against invaders. A study published today in Nature shows that, at 3.3 million, microbial genes in our gut outnumber previous estimates for the whole of the human body. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, working within the...


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