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Large population study highlights successful stool collection for microbiome analyses

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

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 ...
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Microbiome highlights from Digestive Disease Week 2017

Due to its implication in the pathogenesis of several digestive disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease, the intestinal microbiota was a hot topic this year at ...
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How critical is it to stabilize and standardize the microbiome profile?

One of the most critical components of studying the microbiome is ensuring you have a profile that is representative of the microbial community present in the donor. The ...
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Effects of maternal stress on newborn health: An Interview with Dr. Connie Mulligan of the University of Florida

Much research in the microbiome field involves the collection of stool samples from adult populations and looking at the diversity and composition of their microbiome profiles. ...
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Scientists from Human Longevity Inc. (HLI) and J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) call for standardization of microbiome sample collection and stabilization  protocols

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

Since the completion of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), the number of microbiome focused research programs, peer-reviewed publications and patents has grown exponentially. ...
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What could you do with 60 days of sample stability?

Collecting fecal samples is not an easy task. Problems can arise during every step of the process, from recruiting donors to analysing the microbial profiles of your samples. ...
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Castor canadensis : A look at our local Canadian friend’s microbes

Since today is the day we Canadians celebrate all things Canada, we thought we’d take some time between the barbeques and the fireworks to combine our love of our national ...
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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Vaginal Microbiome

You’ve likely been hearing a lot about the gut microbiome lately, and its links to numerous diseases and conditions such as obesity, allergies and mental health.  However, our ...
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Standardization is the name of the game

The latest press release from the White House describing the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) demonstrates the commitment of the government, funding agencies and the ...
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Why the National Microbiome Initiative is so exciting

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 ...
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Advancing microbiome discoveries: An update on our grant winners

Last year, DNA Genotek launched its first Gut Microbiome Grant program. The program attracted many applicants from varying fields of research and three winners were selected. ...
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Crowdfunding and patient charity supports gut microbiome and chronic fatigue syndrome research

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 ...
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DNA Genotek Inc. Appoints Microbiome Data Scientist as Advisor

We are excited to announce today that we have appointed Dan Knights, PhD – an expert in machine learning and microbiome analysis – as a scientific advisor to DNA Genotek.
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The Personalized Nutrition Project: An in-depth look at sample collection and stabilization

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 ...
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How does Cincinnati Children’s Hospital use the microbiome to study lupus? A look inside with Diana Taft

We reached out to Diana Taft at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center to talk with her about her research in the microbiome field.
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Microbiome learnings from the Weizmann Institute

Update: Since this interview with the Weizmann Institute, the results of the Personalized Nutrition Project have been published in the journal Cell: “Personalized Nutrition by ...
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