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Skin Microbiome Shaped By Human Immune System
2013-10-29 13:50:14

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Our skin plays host to millions of beneficial and potentially disease-causing microorganisms; however, whether our immune system influences these microbial communities to prevent disease is unknown. In a study published online in Genome Research, researchers have explored the microbes living on the skin of patients with primary immunodeficiencies with eczema-like skin conditions. The human body contains many microbes, some of which are necessary for healthy...

Forensics May Rely On 'Microbial Clock' To Establish Time Of Death
2013-09-25 07:56:45

[ Watch the Video: Time Of Death Determined By Microbial Clock ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forensic scientists already have an extensive toolbox of techniques for determining the time of death in cases involving human corpses, but an intriguing new study led by the University of Colorado may just give them a new one. The findings, published in the new online science and biomedical journal eLIFE, describe a microbial clock that is essentially the lock-step...

2013-09-19 15:31:09

Microbial organisms associated with plant roots have far-flung global influences, from plant genetics to ecosystem health We often ignore what we cannot see, and yet organisms below the soil's surface play a vital role in plant functions and ecosystem well-being. These microbes can influence a plant's genetic structure, its health, and its interactions with other plants. A new series of articles in a Special Section in the American Journal of Botany on Rhizosphere Interactions: The Root...

Your Gut’s Microbiome Has A Unique Bacteria Profile
2013-04-24 07:27:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the human body, microbial cells outnumber human cells ten to one. Your body has a set of microbial communities collectively known as a microbiome. Scientists studying the microbiome are learning about the relationship between these microbes and human health and disease. Dr. Nanette Steinle of the University of Maryland's School of Medicine and Dr. Emmanuel Mongodin of the University of Maryland Institute of Genome...

We Share More Of Our Germs With Dogs Than We Do With Our Children
2013-04-17 14:38:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the new online science and biomedical journal eLIFE say parents share more bacteria with family dogs than children. The team, led by the University of Colorado-Boulder, looked at the types and transfer modes of microbes from the guts, tongues, foreheads and palms of 60 American families and their canines. In all, they sampled 159 people and 36 dogs. Researchers swabbed various parts of the body to obtain...


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