White House Announces Microbiome Initiative

2018-04-10T19:53:03+00:00

Jessica Green was among a small group of experts assembled recently by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to discuss the status of microbiome research. The event coincided with the launch of the National Microbiome Initiative, a call to action to advance microbiome science. The Obama administration announced steps to advance understanding […]

White House Announces Microbiome Initiative 2018-04-10T19:53:03+00:00

Wherever You Go, Your Personal Cloud Of Microbes Follows

2018-04-10T19:53:03+00:00

Remember Pig-Pen? The little kid from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts cartoons who walked around in a cloud of dirt? Well, the human body does spew a cloud, but instead of dirt it contains millions of microorganisms. “It turns out that that kid is all of us,” says lead researcher James Meadow. “It’s just a microscopic […]

Wherever You Go, Your Personal Cloud Of Microbes Follows 2018-04-10T19:53:03+00:00

Designing a Hospital to Better Fight Infection

2018-04-10T19:53:03+00:00

Every building appears to have its own unique microbiome, depending on how it is built and operated, who uses it and what they do there, said University of Oregon microbiologist Jessica Green, who helped pioneer the field. “We know microbes in buildings are relevant to human health,” she said. In hospitals, for example, the air that […]

Designing a Hospital to Better Fight Infection 2018-04-10T19:53:03+00:00

Mobile phones carry owners’ bacterial ‘fingerprint’

2018-04-10T19:53:03+00:00

More than 80% of the common bacteria that make up our personal bacterial “fingerprints” end up on their screens, a study suggests.  “We are ultimately interested in the possibility of using personal effects as a non-invasive way to monitor our health and our contact with the surrounding environment. We share more than an emotional connection […]

Mobile phones carry owners’ bacterial ‘fingerprint’ 2018-04-10T19:53:03+00:00

Your Microbiome Extends in a Microbial Cloud Around You, Like an Aura

2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

Understanding the interplay between the microbial cloud and environment could form the basis for attempts to better engineer indoor spaces to prevent the transmission of diseases. “We could potentially design our buildings around that. If we know there’s an airborne disease risk, maybe we could develop ventilation accordingly,” says James Meadow. Places like hospitals or […]

Your Microbiome Extends in a Microbial Cloud Around You, Like an Aura 2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

How Architecture Could Shape Your Microbiome

2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

Biologists and architects both look at the world in terms of networks: How do people move through and interact with a building? How do microbes move and interact in a space? “What our study does is makes it clear that we can design buildings to influence the types of bacteria,” we come into contact with, Meadow […]

How Architecture Could Shape Your Microbiome 2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

Architecture May Influence Which Microbes Surround You

2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

We will always be outnumbered, but we may have a say in which microbes we’re surrounded by, according to a new study that’s one of the first to investigate how building design influences the microbial diversity of indoor spaces. “Design choices at the level of a whole building make a really big impact on the […]

Architecture May Influence Which Microbes Surround You 2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

Your Microbe Aura Could Be as Distinctive as Your Fingerprint

2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

A new study looks at the unique collection of bacteria that hangs in the air around each of our bodies.

“As soon as there’s a person in the room, you start to find things like staphylococcus or streptococcus, things that we all have on us,” said James Meadow, the paper’s lead author and a scientist at […]

Your Microbe Aura Could Be as Distinctive as Your Fingerprint 2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

Creating a Healthier, More Sustainable World

2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00

The What’s Next Health series features leading thinkers and visionaries who see issues a little differently. Jessica Green of Phylagen talks about microbiomes and how the built environment can help create a healthier world.
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Creating a Healthier, More Sustainable World 2018-04-10T19:53:04+00:00