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Your microbes might decide how much you weigh

Microbes—usually bacteria, fungi, or protists—made a big splash of news when the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) last month. The NMI’s aim is to advance the understanding of microbiome, which refers to all the microbes in a particular environment. The initiative particularly focuses on restoring […]

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Skin Samples Rife With Unknown Bacteria

Scientists from the NYU School of Medicine say that the skin, the largest organ in our body, is a kind of zoo of bacterial inhabitants, with nearly ten percent being previously unknown species. Surprisingly, the NYU study, published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to identify the composition of bacterial […]

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