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Ditch The Soap And Water? AOBiome Wants You To Wash With Bacteria Instead!

While recent research has concluded that using soap containing antimicrobial ingredients could be doing more harm than good, one New York Times Magazine journalist’s experiments with products that replace traditional cleaning compounds with bacteria treatments have reportedly left her skin softer and smoother than ever before.

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Microbiome in gut, mouth, and skin of low birth weight infants differentiate weeks after birth


Low birth weight infants are host to numerous microorganisms immediately after birth, and the microbiomes of their mouths and gut start out very similar but differentiate significantly by day 15 according to a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

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Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of “gut feelings?” There’s growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds. “I’m always by profession a skeptic,” says Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But I do believe that our gut microbes affect what goes on in our brains.”

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Illustrating the human body with ‘MIcrocartography’

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Artist Sonja Bäumel has explored the human skin microbiome in her project ‘Cartography of the Human Body’. To illustrate the diversity of the bacteria and fungi on the skin, she cultured isolates from her own body to create an innovative art project.

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Researchers conduct first genomic survey of human skin fungal diversity


While humans have harnessed the power of yeast to ferment bread and beer, the function of yeast or other types of fungi that live in and on the human body is not well understood. In the first study of human fungal skin diversity, National Institutes of Health researchers sequenced the DNA of fungi at skin sites of healthy adults to define the normal populations across the skin and to provide a framework for investigating fungal skin conditions.

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Your Tiny Roommates: Meet the Microbes Living in Your Home

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There’s no such thing as living alone. Never mind if you’re the only person in your house and have no dog, no cat, not even fish. You’ve still got at least several billion roommates—and so do we all. Some of them are harmless, some are actually helpful and some could, in the right concentration and the wrong circumstance, kill you. They are, of course, bacteria, fungi and viruses, and like it or not, they’re on you, around you and deeply within you.

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Your skin microbes prove you are a dog person!

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If you’re a dog person, you may have more in common with your fellow dog owners than you even realize.

New research shows that two strangers who both own dogs are more likely to share similar skin bacteria than a married couple without a dog in the home. The study also found that dogs have more skin bugs in common with their human owner than other dogs.

Researchers examined the skin of people who lived together – couples, couples with dogs, couples with children and couples with children and dogs – and found that the family dog very generously shares his skin bugs with his owners. The groups with dogs in the home shared more skin bacteria than any of the other cohabitating groups studied. Not surprisingly, doggy affection is behind all this sharing – dogs transmit their skin microbes to their people via tongue-to-skin, skin-to-skin or paw-to-skin contact. For the complete article, please visit “Your skin mibrobes prove that you are a dog person”

Probiotics: Cure for Acne?


Your odds of having acne may depend on whether the “good” strain of a particular type of bacteria lives on your skin, a new study suggests.

” People never think of wanting to have good bacteria on their skin,” said lead author Huiying Li, an assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But some of them you should love.” It’s the presence of acne-defeating bacteria that allows people without acne to live relatively pimple-free, she explained.

Li and her team studies the bacterial strains on people’s faces using genomic analysis of microbial DNA. They discovered that the bacteria responsible for acne — called Propionibacterium acnes or P. acnes — are more complex than previously understood.

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Some of My Best Friends Are Germs

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I can tell you the exact date that I began to think of myself in the first-person plural — as a superorganism, that is, rather than a plain old individual human being. It happened on March 7. That’s when I opened my e-mail to find a huge, processor-choking file of charts and raw data from a laboratory located at the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As part of a new citizen-science initiative called the American Gut project, the lab sequenced my microbiome — that is, the genes not of “me,” exactly, but of the several hundred microbial species with whom I share this body. These bacteria, which number around 100 trillion, are living (and dying) right now on the surface of my skin, on my tongue and deep in the coils of my intestines, where the largest contingent of them will be found, a pound or two of microbes together forming a vast, largely uncharted interior wilderness that scientists are just beginning to map.

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Immune System, Skin Microbiome ‘ Complement’ One Another


Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate for the first time that the immune system influences the skin microbiome. A new study found that the skin microbiome — a collection of microorganisms inhabiting the human body — is governed, at least in part, by an ancient branch of the immune system called complement. In turn, it appears microbes on the skin tweak the complement system, as well as immune surveillance of the skin. They found that complement may, in part, be responsible for maintaining a diverse set of microbes on our skin and keeping our skin healthy, which could play a role in a host of skin diseases.

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