Category Archives: Microbiome

Yes, We Can Isolate Most Human Gut Microbes

A long-standing canard that really bothers me is the notion that most (“99%”) human gut microbes are unculturable–that is, we can’t grow them in the lab. As I noted a long time ago, that’s not the case: This false statement … Continue reading

Posted in Microbiology, Microbiome

The Smartest Thing I’ve Read About the Microbiome In a Long Time

Several years ago, I was part of the Human Microbiome Project, so I’m not someone who’s disgruntled that the microbiomes are getting all the money. On the other hand, that has also led me to have a very skeptical opinion … Continue reading

Posted in Microbiome

The Need to Characterize ‘Near’ Missing Diversity: A Comment on the Subway Microbiome Paper

I’m a few weeks late to the subway microbiome paper which, in internet time is decades, but I’ve noticed two things are missing in the commentary. Before I get to those issues, one of the advantages of being behind the … Continue reading

Posted in E. coli, Ecology, Microbiome | 3 Comments

All Your Microbiome Are Belong to Platypus: The Perils of Plug-and-Chug Analysis

By way of the Twitterz, we come across this fantastic poster (embiggened version here): To translate from Genomics, to examine the microbiome–the microorganisms that live on or in a certain habitat (e.g., your gut or skin, the surface of your … Continue reading

Posted in Genomics, Microbiome | 5 Comments

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.

Posted in Microbiome

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