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  1. “Germ” Terms: Villains and Heroes

    Germ Terms“Germs,” “pathogens,” “microbes,” “probiotics,” the “human microbiome”… these are just a few of the terms in common use that pertain to the world of microscopic life forms that we alternately avoid and embrace. For example, to steer clear of becoming sick with the seasonal flu virus, many of us get an annual flu shot. Employees are asked to stay home from work to help prevent spreading colds (rhinoviruses) and norovirus (the “stomach bug”), and hospitals disinfect against superbug bacteria, such as MRSA and C. difficile. On the other hand, the medical profession notes the “probiotic” characteristics of the “good bacteria” content of yogurt and fermented foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut1 and miso. The live cultures in these foods, they say, can help shore up our immune systems to fight off illness. So, are microbes good or bad? The answer is both! The world of microbes to which READ MORE >>

  2. A Microbe Census of the Human Body

    There are ten times as many microbe cells found on surfaces in and on the human body as human cells.

    There are ten times as many microbe cells found on surfaces in and on the human body as human cells.

    About ten thousand species of microbes inhabit the human body, many of which are critical to our health and survival. Our bodies are actually their own microbial ecosystems comprising bacteria, virus and fungi populations in the trillions.

    Until recently, researchers did not know in detail how microbes are distributed throughout the human body. The five-year long National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project (HMP) has taken a “microbe census” of these invisible populations, characterizing the inhabitants of the nasal passages, oral cavity, skin and gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts. The resulting “census data” will help researchers understand not only which microbes are where, but how changes in their populations affect human health.

    The HMP will catalogue 3,000 microbes and their genes.  It is a complementary activity to the Human Genome Project, … READ MORE >>

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