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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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Microbial Survey of Human Body Reveals Extensive Variation
14 June 2012 2:04 pm
Our bodies are home to trillions of microbes, an invisible ecosystem whose microbial members were virtually unknown until now. This week, a consortium involving 200 investigators from a variety of disciplines describes more than a dozen microscopic communities as part of the most thorough look ever at the microbial world on and within us. By the time it is completed next year, this Human Microbiome Project will have cataloged the microorganisms—and to a lesser extent, their genes—that live on 18 human body sites, sequencing 3000 relevant bacteria, and determining differences between the microbiomes of healthy and unhealthy people.