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2009-03-20 06:31:00

SOUTH EASTON, Mass., March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: PBIO) ("PBI" and the "Company") today provided an update on various corporate activities, including (1) the receipt of a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research ("SBIR") Grant from the National Institutes of Health ("NIH"), (2) a presentation by Dr. Alexander Ivanov of the Harvard School of Public Health on the significant advantages in throughput and reproducibility of the Company's pressure...

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2009-02-27 11:15:00

Researchers said on Thursday that bacteria found in human spit does not vary much around the world, a finding that could provide insights into how diet and cultural factors affect human health. Experts say the human body harbors 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells and researchers are hoping to learn more about the diverse array of microbial species we carry in our mouths. While little is known about the diversity of the bacteria found in people's spit and how it relates to diet,...

2009-01-06 10:02:15

The study of ancient microbes may not seem consequential, but such pioneering research at the University of Oklahoma has implications for the state of modern human health. Cecil Lewis, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, says results of this research raise questions about the microbes living on and within people. A National Institutes of Health initiative is looking at helpful bacteria found on the skin, in the esophagus and in the stomach, by characterizing the microbe's...

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2008-05-25 09:05:00

The crook of your elbow is not just a plain patch of skin. It is a piece of coveted real estate, a special ecosystem, a bountiful home to no fewer than six tribes of bacteria. Even after you have washed the skin clean, there are still 1 million bacteria in every square centimeter. But these are not bad bacteria. They are what biologists call commensals, creatures that eat at the same table with people to everyone's mutual benefit. Though they were not invited to enjoy board and lodging in...

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2008-03-27 09:40:00

Scientists know more today than ever before about the microbes that inhabit our mouths. They know so much, in fact, that gathering all of the relevant bits of information into one place when designing experiments can be a job in itself. Now, grantees of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, and their international colleagues intend to solve this problem with the launch of the first comprehensive database of the oral...

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2007-04-04 09:35:01

WASHINGTON -- The emerging field of metagenomics, where the DNA of entire communities of microbes is studied simultaneously, presents the greatest opportunity -- perhaps since the invention of the microscope -- to revolutionize understanding of the microbial world, says a new report from the National Research Council.  The report calls for a new Global Metagenomics Initiative to drive advances in the field in the same way that the Human Genome Project advanced the mapping of our genetic...