The Mayo Clinic in MN has built a research facility called the “Well Living Lab” which aims to help research connections between health and the built environment. Here’s a description of the facility from their website:
At the Lab, we research the real-world impact of indoor environments on human health and well-being, and generate evidence-based information that can be used in practical ways to create healthier indoor spaces. Our one-of-a-kind research facility is completely reconfigurable and features advanced sensor technology and remote monitoring that allows people who participate in our studies to move about freely–as they normally would–unencumbered by wires, devices and monitors. But research is not limited to the Lab environment: our remote monitoring control center allows us to observe and track study participants outside the Lab, at home, work or play.
But with all the attention being paid to ideas such as sleep research, productivity optimization, and stress… I couldn’t find virtually any mention of microbiology work. Neither the Mayo Clinic, nor the Lab website mention microbes. The Forbes article says “Sensors are embedded in the floor, walls, and furniture that monitor everything from air particulate matter, to sound, to the microbial makeup of the space, to the physical postures of test subjects.” (emphasis mine).
Seems like it would be a real shame to have a research facility like this and to not examine the influence of other experiments on the microbial communities of either the space or the participants.