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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...

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....

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2010-06-22 07:15:41

Findings have potential health implications as infants grow and develop A new study indicates different delivery methods of newborn babies has a big effect on the types of microbial communities they harbor as they emerge into the world, findings with potential implications for the heath of infants as they grow and develop. The study, led by the University of Puerto Rico and involving the University of Colorado at Boulder and two Venezuelan institutes, showed that babies delivered vaginally...

2009-11-06 06:40:52

Unique human microbe communities have wide implications for human health A University of Colorado at Boulder team has developed the first atlas of bacterial diversity across the human body, charting wide variations in microbe populations that live in different regions of the human body and which aid us in physiological functions that contribute to our health. The study showed humans carry "personalized" communities of bacteria around that vary widely from our foreheads and feet to our noses...

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2008-11-04 08:05:00

Are women actually the dirtier of the two sexes? The answer is yes, according to a new study that found ladies have a greater variety of bacteria on their hands compared to men. "One thing that really is astonishing is the variability between individuals, and also between hands on the same individual," said co-author and University of Colorado biochemistry assistant professor Rob Knight. "The sheer number of bacteria species detected on the hands of the study participants was a big...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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