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Research on the Microbiome

What does a “healthy” microbiome look like? Who is part of a microbiome? How can we quantify and analyze our microbiome? The Human Microbiome Project (HMP), a $173 million project by the NIH, was initiated to address these questions. It focuses on a comprehensive characterization of the human microbiome and the development of computational tools… Continue reading Research on the Microbiome

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The Celiac Disease Foundation: Raising Awareness and Promoting Research

Elaine Monarch suffered from a mysterious illness for most of her adult life.  It was only in her 50s that she received an accurate diagnosis: celiac disease (CD). CD is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine when a person eats gluten, a protein found in common grains like wheat. Ten years… Continue reading The Celiac Disease Foundation: Raising Awareness and Promoting Research

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Learning that Germs Can Be Our Friends

There are trillions of bacteria that make up the human microbiome.  How do scientists study all the bacteria, their interactions and their effect on disease? What is Metagenomics? Metagenomics is a rapidly growing field of research that focuses on the study of the microbiome and overcoming the difficulties of sequencing and analyzing a vast array… Continue reading Learning that Germs Can Be Our Friends

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The Other Human Genome – the Microbiome

Not all causes of disease can be explained by human genetics; there are trillions of bacteria in our bodies that can affect healthy gene expression and development - these bacteria are called microbes. Current statistics show that the number of researchers exploring the microbiome has increased exponentially.  As sequencing technology gets cheaper, faster and better,… Continue reading The Other Human Genome – the Microbiome