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The role of the microbiome in exploring childhood determinants of cardiovascular health

The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study is a prospective longitudinal study initiated in 1980. It is one of the largest follow-up studies into cardiovascular risk from ...
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Is there a new gold-standard for gut microbiome stool collection?

The “gold standard” for gut microbiome studies has traditionally been a fresh stool sample that was immediately processed or immediately frozen at -20ºC or -80ºC. However in ...
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PREdiCCt: the largest study on predicting IBD disease flare

This week, I interviewed Dr. Charlie Lees and Lee Murphy, investigators for the PREdiCCt Study (Prognostic effect of environmental factors in Crohn’s and Colitis). PREdiCCt is ...
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Cold chain stool sample collection: a series of unfortunate events (Part 1/3)

In this first of a three-part blog series, I am delving into the topic of cold-chain stool collection and transportation. I will explore the challenges of collection and ...
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Collect and stabilize gut microbiota samples from IBD patients undergoing dysbiosis

In human gut microbiome studies, the logistics of immediately freezing and transporting collected stool samples on dry ice is not always feasible - especially with at-home ...
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Advances in microbiome discovery, diagnostics and therapeutics: Nature webcast highlights

Those of us following microbiome science know that it is developing extremely fast with tremendous opportunity for innovation. When we were presented the opportunity to ...
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Choosing the best DNA extraction method in human gut microbiome community profiling

A critical component to any human gut microbiome study is the ability to accurately represent the ‘true’ microbial community present at a specific period in time or, in other ...
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Designing large-scale gut microbiome studies - 10 essential considerations

With a growing number of research studies showing associations between the gut microbiome and disease, this is a burgeoning field with fundamental questions that still need to ...
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OMNIgene·GUT facilitating gut microbial collections in remote Himalayan populations

There is so much that can be learned from studying the gut microbiome. The community of bacteria co-habiting with their human host share a curious symbiotic relationship, one ...
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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health selects DNA Genotek’s OMNIgene devices for Microbiome Biobank

DNA Genotek Inc. is pleased to announce that the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has selected DNA Genotek’s OMNIgene® family of microbiome collection devices to ...
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Progressing gut microbiome research in IBD, one sample at a time

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week was developed to raise awareness and increase understanding of these common diseases. Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, together ...
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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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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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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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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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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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