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    The central purpose of Microbiome is to unite investigators conducting microbiome research in environmental, agricultural, and biomedical arenas.

    Topics broadly addressing the study of microbial communities, such as, microbial surveys, bioinformatics, meta-omics approaches and community/host interaction modeling will be considered for publication. Through this collection of literature Microbiome hopes to integrate researchers with common scientific objectives across a broad cross-section of sub-disciplines within microbial ecology.

    An article published recently in the New York Times entitled, “We Are Our Bacteria” discusses how the human microbiome is losing its diversity, much like other ecosystems across the globe.

    Dr. Martin J. Blaser, a specialist in infectious diseases at the New York University School of Medicine and the director of the Human Microbiome Program has studied the role of bacteria in disease for over 30 years. Dr. Blaser suggests a link between the declining variety within the microbiome and our increased susceptibility to serious chronic conditions such as allergies, celiac disease, and Type 1 diabetes. What could be the culprit?

    The epidemic of absence describes the lack of microflora populations in our human ecosystem. This absence from antibiotic use leaves us vulnerable to a host of opportunistic parasites, which no longer have a mutualistic relationship with the host. This intriguing TED talk by Ed Yong …

    Microbes are everywhere: in the soil, in the water, and even in our bodies. That's right! Microbes cover every surface of our bodies, both inside and out. These microscopic life forms represent thousands of species, and they outnumber our own cells by about 10 to 1.

    Some scientists view our resident microbes as a newly discovered and largely unexplored organ, with many functions that are essential for life. Explore the pages below to learn more about the human microbiome.

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