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2009-12-07 08:21:00

Nelson Joins Robert M. Friedman, Ph.D., Director of JCVI San Diego, CA Campus, as Senior Leaders Reporting to J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The J. Craig Venter Institute announced today that Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D. has been named Director of the JCVI Rockville, MD campus. Dr. Nelson and Robert Friedman, Ph.D., Director of the San Diego, CA facility since 2008, are senior leaders of the two campuses of the JCVI and report directly to J. Craig...

2009-08-01 08:27:02

Gastroesophageal reflux diseases , or GERD, affects about 10 million people in the United States, yet the cause and an unexpected increase in its prevalence over the last three decades remains unexplainable. Now, researchers have discovered that GERD is associated with global alteration of the microbiome in the esophagus. The findings, reported in the August 1, 2009 issue of Gastroenterology, may provide for the foundation for further study of the condition as a microecological disease with...

2009-06-23 12:27:52

The National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov) today announced expanded funding for Baylor College of Medicine's (www.bcm.edu) Human Genome Sequencing Center for its involvement in the Human Microbiome Project, which seeks to understand how the trillions of microscopic organisms that live in or on the human body affect human health and lives.Also announced was that BCM's Dr. James Versalovic (http://www.bcm.edu/cmb/?pmid=2446) will lead one of 15 pilot clinical demonstration projects.The...

2009-05-30 12:33:12

The estimated 1,000 species of bacteria inhabiting healthy human skin are likely necessary for proper body functioning, researchers said. Bacterial colonies reside on different parts of the skin, some in the armpit and belly button, which are akin to tropical rain forests, and others on the forearm, which resembles an arid desert, researchers from the National Institutes of Health told the Los Angeles Times in a story published Saturday. We live in a microbial world, and these things are not...

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2009-05-29 06:25:00

Symbiosis between humans and bacteria has been a long accepted and heavily studied phenomenon of human physiology.  New studies of human skin, however, are revealing a previously little understood facet of biological interdependence between us and the microscopic inhabitants of our body. Scientists from the National Institutes of Health recently set out to explore the micro-ecosystem living on the surface of our skin.  Preliminary results from the study have revealed an...

2009-04-28 10:25:54

Autoimmune diseases have long been regarded as illnesses in which the immune system creates autoantibodies to attack the body itself. But, researchers at the California non-profit Autoimmunity Research Foundation (ARF) explain that the antibodies observed in autoimmune disease actually result from alteration of human genes and gene products by hidden bacteria.Not long ago, scientists believed they had located all bacteria capable of causing human disease, But DNA discoveries in the last...

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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