Listening to this podcast this morning reminded me that we hadn’t yet made a plug for Rob Dunn’s awesome citizen science project “Domestic Biomes: The Wild Life of Your Home”. This project is collecting samples of people’s homes (and the people themselves) from all across the country, in both urban and rural environments. The samples will be analyzed (presumably by rRNA sequencing?) and people will get a report on how their microbes match up to others in different environment.
It’s an awesome project, I don’t know if they’re still looking for volunteers but the website doesn’t say otherwise so I’ll assume they are.