Worth a look: Communicating promise, risks, & ethics of large-scale, open space microbiome & metagenome research 

At the recent NAS MOBE meeting there was some discussion of some potential ethical concerns associated with one of the projects discussed (work of Eric Alm where he was collecting samples from urban water systems and trying to infer information about communities and residents).   OK #MOBE17 and others out there – I am getting …

Save the date – 10/27 – MICROBOOOMES at #UCDavis

This is just a “Save the Date” announcement. More detail will be coming soon. Every year the UC Davis Genome Center hosts a “Halloween Symposium” on some genomics-related topic.  In addition to the symposium there is a pumpkin carving contest, a poster session with some prizes, awards for best costumes, and generally a decent amount …

Storify of Talk by Jo Handelsman at DOE JGI Meeting on Plant Secondary Metabolites

This may be of interest to some. I made a Storify of some Tweets by me and a few others from a talk by Jo Handelsman yesterday. See Talk by Jo Handelsman on “Convergence of Model Systems and the Natural World” at #JGIPlantSecondary meeting [View the story “Talk by @jo_microbe on “Convergence of Model Systems …

Worth a look: Are Pets the New Probiotic? in the NY Times

There is a news story of interest from a few weeks ago in the NY Times: Are Pets the New Probiotic? – The New York Times It discusses the concept and some of the research on how animals and their microbiomes could in some cases play a role in shaping the human immune system and human …

Microbial Anthropology: the convergence of microbiomes and their modern impacts, through the lens of evolution and ecology

  In a recent story published in Cell this week, I walk through my own life and career, to deliver the message that humans are changing their own microbial communities as well as those in animals and in the environment, and that health research needs a substantial dose of an evolutionary, ecological and anthropological perspective …

The hot new 10 questions concerning the microbiomes of buildings will surprise you

Ok so I made this into Clickbait.  But you really should read this and that has nothing to do with me being a co-author. The paper is “Ten questions concerning the microbiomes of buildings” and it is in “Building and Environment” a journal that I am becoming more and more appreciative of every month.  The …