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Large population study highlights successful stool collection for microbiome analyses

Posted by Lisa Gamwell on Sep 21, 2017 10:03:19 AM

The human microbiome is one of the hottest topics of interest in the scientific community. The microbes in and on a healthy human adult are estimated to at least equal the number of human cells[1], which highlights the need for the scientific and medical community to better understand the broader impact on health and susceptibility to certain diseases/conditions and chronic illnesses. In particular, the gastrointestinal microbiome has captured the attention of researchers with stool specimens offering the most accessible means of assessing the gut microbial community[2]. However, there are few publications that focus on methods for collecting stool samples for large, population-based studies.

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Tags: microbiome, gut microbiome, omnigene gut, gut microbiome research

Reliability and stability of OMNIgene•GUT for sequencing: An interview with Synthetic Biologics, Inc.

Posted by Lisa Gamwell on Jun 12, 2017 10:09:00 AM

At the recent Digestive Disease Week (DDW) meeting in Chicago, the microbiome took center stage with over 40 sessions featuring intestinal (gut) microbiota. Over the course of the meeting, I attended numerous presentations that described associations between the gut microbiome and such clinical outcomes as response to medication, efficacy of fecal microbiome transplants and success of diet-based interventions.

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Tags: microbial dna, microbiome collection, gut microbiome, omnigene gut

Scientists from Human Longevity Inc. (HLI) and J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) call for standardization of microbiome sample collection and stabilization  protocols

Posted by Lisa Gamwell on Sep 13, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Standardization of microbiome protocols is an increasing hot topic. It was recently discussed at a National Institute for Standards and Technology workshop and is required to make large scale microbiome research efforts like the White Houses’ National Microbiome Initiative possible. The only thing that is potentially discussed as often as standardization is the “inevitable” jump from using 16S rRNA sequencing to query microbiome profiles to a whole genome sequencing (WGS) based approach. In a recent publication in Nature’s Scientific Reports entitled “A robust ambient temperature collection and stabilization strategy: Enabling worldwide functional studies of the human microbiome”, Dr. Ericka Anderson along with colleagues and collaborators from HLI and JCVI tackle both of these topics as part of the HLI program to bring standardization to their microbiome sequencing process.

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Tags: microbiome, microbiome stabilization, omnigene gut, gut microbiome research

The importance of quality pre-analytical factors and their impact on microbiome analysis

Posted by Lisa Gamwell on Aug 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Since the completion of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), the number of microbiome focused research programs, peer-reviewed publications and patents has grown exponentially. As a result, much progress has been made in understanding the complex relationship between host and microbiome.

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Tags: microbiome, gut microbiome, omnigene gut, gut microbiome research

Why the National Microbiome Initiative is so exciting

Posted by Lisa Gamwell on May 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The White House’s National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) Announcement  is very exciting: the science is cutting edge, the public is engaged, and the funding dollars are large ($121 M from the federal government + $400 M from external stakeholders). While the NMI’s goals of supporting interdisciplinary research, developing platform technologies and expanding the microbiome workforce apply the standard funding and capacity building formula to an area of research close to our hearts, what has the members of DNA Genotek’s Microbiome Team most jazzed is where this Initiative deviates from the norm.  The announcement contains a lot of very exciting sounding microbiome research, and I highly recommend you read about them all, but here are 5 reasons why I think the NMI is so cool:

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Tags: microbiome, gut microbiome, omnigene gut, microbiome initiative

Crowdfunding and patient charity supports gut microbiome and chronic fatigue syndrome research

Posted by Lisa Gamwell on Jan 12, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), which is more commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), believe the best way to ensure high quality ME/CFS research is funded is to raise the funds themselves. This is why, through a combination of crowd sourcing and funds raised by the patient charity Invest in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Research UK, they are supporting a gut microbiome and ME/CFS research project based at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich UK. Daniel Vipond, a researcher and PhD student at the Institute, is currently working on the research project. He hopes that his work will identify potential biomarkers to help with diagnosis and provide insights into better treatments. 

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Tags: microbiome, gut microbiome, omnigene gut, chronic fatigue syndrome

The Personalized Nutrition Project: An in-depth look at sample collection and stabilization

Posted by Lisa Gamwell on Nov 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

You’ve likely heard about the Weizmann Institute’s Personalized Nutrition Project.  The findings of this research study, which were published on November 19th, 2015 by the research groups of Eran Elinav and Eran Segal in the journal Cell, have garnered a lot of attention from the media.  Their study, entitled “Personalized Nutrition by Prediction of Glycemic Responses” suggest that there is no “one-size-fits-all” diet.  For some people, eating sushi will raise their blood sugar more than eating ice cream, while for others it is the opposite.

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Tags: microbiome, gut microbiome, omnigene gut

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