Navigation Links
Normal bacterial makeup has huge implications for health, says CU professor
Date:6/13/2012

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. Instead, they co-exist with their host and the rest of the human microbiome, which is the collection of all microorganisms living in the human body.

Although the human body contains trillions of microorganisms -- outnumbering human cells by 10 to one -- they make up only 1 to 3 percent of human body mass but play a vital role in human health, said CU-Boulder Associate Professor Rob Knight of the BioFrontiers Institute. "Many people were sampled so we could get a better idea of variability, and how microbes work together in complex communities," he said.

The trick now is to understand why some pathogens turn deadly under what conditions, said Knight, also a faculty member in the chemistry and biochemistry and computer science departments.

The new findings on the microbial mapping project were published in a series of reports published June 14 in the journal Nature and several journals in the Public Library of Science, or PLoS. Launched in 2007, the HMP received $156 million from the NIH Common Fund, an initiative that finances high-impact, large-scale research. Knight is a co-author on the two Nature studies.

In 2009, a group of researchers from CU-Boulder and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis led by Knight developed the first atlas of bacterial diversity across the human body. The study, published in Science magazine, used swab samples from nine volunteers targeting 27 specific sites on the body, sh
'/>"/>

Contact: Rob Knight
Rob.Knight@colorado.edu
303-492-1984
University of Colorado at Boulder
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Genetic abnormality offers diagnostic hope for childrens cancer
2. 2 distinguishable gene groups detected: 1 normal and 1 problematic
3. Springer and the Beijing Normal University Press sign agreement on new book series
4. Bacterial shock to recapture essential phosphate
5. Researchers develop rapid test strips for bacterial contamination in swimming water
6. The activity of a bacterial effector protein seen in molecular detail
7. More than 1 way to be healthy: Map of bacterial makeup of humans reveals microbial rare biosphere
8. Consortium of scientists maps the human bodys bacterial ecosystem
9. Copy of the genetic makeup travels in a protein suitcase
10. Stoneflies mapped across Ohio, with implications for water quality and nature conservation
11. New understanding of terrestrial formation has significant and far reaching future implications
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/18/2014)... NC Seeds that sprout as soon as they,re planted ... need to be more careful. In the wild, a plant ... day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy ... that seed dormancy has long-term advantages too: Plants whose ... rise to more species, finds in a team of researchers ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... under clinical trials to treat tuberculosis could be the ... against various bacteria, fungal infections and parasites, yet evade ... chemists and collaborators. , Led by U. of I. ... ways the drug SQ109 attacks the tuberculosis bacterium, how ... from yeast to malaria and how targeting multiple ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... NJ. April 16, 2014. Kessler Foundation has been ... million from the Department of Defense Spinal Cord ... principal investigator for the randomized, double-blinded, controlled, multi-site ... bone and muscle strength after spinal cord injury. ... & Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation. Two additional ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species 2Multitarget TB drug could treat other diseases, evade resistance 2Kessler Foundation awarded Department of Defense grant for spinal cord injury research 2
... from India,s first genetically modified crop may have been overemphasized, ... expense of sustainable farm management, says a new study by ... by Glenn Stone, PhD, professor of anthropology in Arts & ... World Development . In his paper, Stone compares village ...
... most common mosquito-borne viral disease in the world, has ... in countries such as Argentina, Chile and the continental ... dengue (pronounced DENgee) in the Western Hemisphere, according to ... in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and ...
... have developed a method of discovering new drugs for ... of biological molecules may predict their effectiveness as medicines. ... drugs that were shown to be effective for fighting ... "The power of this is that it,s a ...
Cached Biology News:New findings in India's Bt cotton controversy: Good for the field, bad for the farm? 2Brandeis study shows economic impact of dengue virus in Americas 2Brandeis study shows economic impact of dengue virus in Americas 3Brandeis study shows economic impact of dengue virus in Americas 4Math may help calculate way to find new drugs for HIV and other diseases 2Math may help calculate way to find new drugs for HIV and other diseases 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... Westlake Village, Calif. (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 ... cancer treatment and management through the genomic analysis of ... will offer Therapy Finder™, a web-based cancer decision support ... a reporting option with Cynvenio’s ClearID™ genomic test, Therapy ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 15, 2014 ­ RedBrick Health , a fast-growing ... today announces that EmblemHealth , the ... is now providing the RedBrick Compass health assessment, combined ... all of its members. EmblemHealth is among the first ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... January 15, 2014 A study has been ... the Formula 1 track could help to tackle the problem ... (MAT), Stowhealth (a GP surgery based in Stowmarket) and academics ... Simplyhealth. Telemetry technology, which is inspired by equipment ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... VA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 Two ... have continued their sponsorship of an annual competition for ... in, and access to, innovative STEM study. The competition ... TEAMS: Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Sciences ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Cynvenio Offers New Breast Cancer Therapy Finder Application for its ClearID Breast Cancer Genomic Test 2Cynvenio Offers New Breast Cancer Therapy Finder Application for its ClearID Breast Cancer Genomic Test 3EmblemHealth Selects RedBrick Health to Power its Next-Generation Health Engagement and Behavior Change System 2EmblemHealth Selects RedBrick Health to Power its Next-Generation Health Engagement and Behavior Change System 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 2Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 2Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 3Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 5
... agreed to buy La Crosse-based data quality firm Firstlogic ... expected to close in the second quarter. , ,Firstlogic is ... consulting to help businesses make sure their data is as ... worldwide in places such as call centers, web sites, customer ...
... Associated Bank of Green Bay have joined a new ... companies. , , Tonka Bay Equity Partners of ... of banks from around the country and some individual ... in manufacturing and business services. , ,"They're interested in ...
... He may have just graduated last year, but ... on the heels of his brainstorming service that sells the ... , , Innovation Trip , a seven-day tour, will take ... Stanford campuses with time to sample local culture. Participants are ...
Cached Biology Technology:Brainstorming entrepreneur creates new innovation business 2Brainstorming entrepreneur creates new innovation business 3
DryStrip aligners, 4. Category: Electrophoresis Systems & Standards & Reagents, IEF & SDS-PAGE & 2-D Electrophoresis, Multiphor II Kits & Components and Accessories....
Newborn Calf Serum US Origin...
Immunogen: Peptide corresponding to amino acid residues from the N-terminal region of human thyroid hormone receptor, alpha1/alpha2-isotype. Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles...
...
Biology Products: