Category Archives: Microbiome

This Is the Most Accurate Microbiome Headline Ever

Really: They might be making you fat. Or maybe thin. Or maybe have very little effect at all. Is there a fourth choice? There endeth the snark.

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Sure, The Smithsonian Might Be Shutdown, But That’s No Reason You Can’t See the Genomics Exhibit

So what if you can’t get into the Smithsonian? Cuz I take pictures so you don’t have to. The Natural History Museum has a temporary exhibit, “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” that’s pretty good. If you’re in the genomics biz, it … Continue reading

Posted in Cancer, Genomics, Microbiology, Microbiome, Museums etc.

McSweeney’s Inadvertently Discovers the Microbiome

This is snark from the satirical website McSweeney’s about the NSA, but it’s actually not bad microbiology: I can assure you, in no uncertain terms, that the NSA is not asking for samples of your fecal matter. We will not … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Microbiome

The Hidden Value of ‘Big Science’

Having been involved in ‘Big Science’, I think one of the things that typically goes unmentioned, but which might be the most important thing to come out of these kinds of projects is the breakthrough and improvement in technology and … Continue reading

Posted in BRAINS! I EAT THEM!!, Microbiome | 2 Comments

Microbiome Creep, E. coli and Colorectal Cancer (Oh My!)

My recent snark-laden post about the microbiome was in part inspired by the coverage of this Science paper “Intestinal Inflammation Targets Cancer-Inducing Activity of the Microbiota.” Interestingly, the coverage of this paper didn’t make Jonathan Eisen happy either: Some studies … Continue reading

Posted in E. coli, Microbiology, Microbiome, News Media | 3 Comments

Some Predictions About the Coverage of the Human Microbiome

In keeping with the spirit of the following tweets: …I offer some predictions about the popular media coverage of human microbiome research over the next few years: 1) Koch’s Postulates will be ‘rediscovered.’ Multiple times. 2) Methods and theories that … Continue reading

Posted in Humor, Microbiome | 3 Comments

The Human Microbiome Project Was About Non-Diseased People, Not ‘Normal’ Ones

After reading this article by Gina Kolata and this post from the Knoepfler Blog, it seems there’s some confusion about how the Human Microbiome Project (‘HMP’) was designed to look at “normal” people. Having been involved in the project pretty … Continue reading

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Where Did the Term ‘Core Microbiome’ Come From?

In an excellent post about the vaginal microbiome (the microbes that in the vagina), Dr. Rad asks: I wonder if the idea of a ‘core microbiome’ came from Lourens Baas Becking’s oft-quoted idea in microbial ecology that ‘Everything is everywhere, … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, Genomics, Microbiology, Microbiome, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

A Handy Transformation for Microbiome Data

Handling non-normal frequency data that also have zeros.
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Posted in Ecology, Microbiome, Statistics | 10 Comments

You Know the Human Microbiome Has Made It Big When…

…someone makes an animated cartoon about it.
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