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ASU joins aggressive White House initiative to probe the mysteries of the microbiome

May 13, 2016

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced today a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems. Helping lead the initiative is Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel, dean of natural sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University and founding director of the Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, which launched today in concert with...

ASU, White House collaborate to investigate mysteries of microorganisms

May 13, 2016

We asked Garcia-Pichel to explain microbiomes, from where they come, the reasons they are important and why it is the right time to studying them more closely. Question: What is a microbe? Answer: A microbiome is the collective ecological community of microbes that reside in an environment, like a human body, a desert or a river. part is really easy. It is a living organism that you cannot see with your naked eye. Q: Where do microbes live? A: They live everywhere. You...

A dirty - but important - job

November 4, 2015

ASU professor is studying stool samples to get a new perspective on student health A few years ago Corrie Whisner read a study about how humans share the same gut bacteria as their pets. Naturally, this caused the assistant professor in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion to consider the possibility of shared bacteria between other companions. “I started to wonder if people within the same social network — like close friends or college students sharing a dorm...