Complex bacterial communities live within our nasal passages. But what are these nasal bacteria actually doing? One step towards addressing this question is to mine bacterial community composition surveys for clues as to which bacteria might be interacting with each other or which bacteria are associated with disease. Hypotheses formulated from these datasets can then be tested in the laboratory.
What’s your gut feeling on microbiome research? It seems like nearly every day a new connection between the human gut microbiome and a feature of our health is learned. While the advancements are exciting we need to balance enthusiasm with patience to avoid the spread of misconceptions.
The NIH Human Microbiome Project has been a 5-year endeavor to produce community resources to support the field of human microbiome research.
Participants highlight and discuss some of the findings from this landmark study.