Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Microbiome References Required

Mapping the bugs in our bodies with metagenomics
April 1, 2014
Microbiome References Required

The challenge of metagenomics is like that of assembling many complete pictures from sixty billion puzzle pieces all together in one bag—without being able to see the pictures on the puzzle-box lids or even knowing how many different boxes the puzzle pieces came from.

Our bodies contain roughly ten times more microbial cells than human cells, and we know hardly anything about them.

Metagenomics is the field of genetics concerned with the genomic sequencing of microbial communities containing members that cannot be easily isolated from one another. One such microbial community is the human microbiome, comprising the whole compliment of microorganisms (mostly bacteria) that live on and within human bodies. This state of this microbiome is increasingly being  shown to affect our health, including development, metabolism, and hormonal regulation.

VIEW THIS ARTICLE

PDF ICON    PDF ICON

 


Visit Blogger Join Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter See our Flickr Photos Watch Our YouTube Videos Find Us on LinkedIn Find Us on iTunesFind Us on GooglePlayFind Us on Instagram