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June 27, 2019

The Microsetta Initiative and regional projects launch a new brand identity

Coinciding with the upcoming expansion in new countries, and the increasing variety of sample types being analyzed by The Microsetta Initiative (TMI), we began a transformation effort for the brand family to refresh our image and allow for scalability to future projects.

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June 25, 2019

Quantifying and Understanding Well-to-Well Contamination in Microbiome Research

When Amnon Amir, Jon Sanders, and their collogues began using positive control samples of Vibrio fischeri in plate-based extractions as a way to validate results, they unexpectedly observed that many of the surrounding samples would also show Vibrio fischeri in their composition. They set out to design an experiment to quantify this problem which led to the newly published paper “Quantifying and Understanding Well-to-Well Contamination in Microbiome Research,” in mSystems.

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May 15, 2019

Like A Lot of Things, Women's Gut Microbiomes Appear to Mature Earlier than Men's

A recent study by researchers at University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology found that the age and sex of an individual strongly influences the bacterial diversity of the gut microbiome.

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April 29, 2019

New Partnership Explores Future Treatments Using Breast Milk and Microbiome

Two renowned research centers at University of California San Diego are joining forces to take a deeper look at how components of human milk and the microbiome can change the course of therapeutics for infant and adult diseases. MOMI Biome will be comprised of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MOMI CORE) in the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) in the Jacobs School of Engineering.

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February 26, 2019

CMI Announces Dr. Se Jin Song as New Director of Research - Applications

The Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) is proud to announce its team’s expansion with a new Director of Research focused on Microbiome Applications. The new head of research is Dr. Se Jin Song who is joining us after completing her post-doctoral research in the Knight Lab at the University of California San Diego to focus toward external collaboration with CMI’s current and future industry partners.

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January 31, 2019

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Announces Danone Nutricia Research as new Corporate Member

Danone Nutricia Research and the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) have joined forces to advance the understanding of the connection between the diet and human gut thanks to The Human Diets & Microbiome Initiative (THDMI).

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December 10, 2018

Jack Gilbert to Join UC San Diego

The CMI is proud to announce that Dr. Jack Gilbert will be joining the UC San Diego team as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography starting January 1st of 2019. This joint appointment is designed to continue the development of an integrated microbiome research initiative within the university.

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December 3, 2018

CMI Seed Grant Winners Publish in BMC Microbiology

Find out the importance and impact of The Murine Vaginal Microbiota and its Perturbation by the Human Pathogen Group B Streptococcus from Katy Patras, one of the paper's authors. The work was funded in part by a seed grant from the UCSD Center for Microbiome Innovation and is being published in the December issue of BMC Microbiology.

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November 15, 2018

New Study Shows NKT Cell Subsets Play a Large Role in the Advancement of NAFLD

In the November issue of The Journal of Immunology, released today, a report by Maricic et al. suggests that a genetic deficiency of iNKT cells has a strong impact on the microbial diversity and sheds new light on the role of type I natural killer T (or iNKT) cell subsets in the progression of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a form of NAFLD. 

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October 25, 2018

Machine learning identifies antibiotic resistance genes in tuberculosis-causing bacteria

Researchers have trained a machine learning algorithm to identify and predict which genes make infectious bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The approach was tested on strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis—the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) in humans. It identified 33 known and 24 new antibiotic resistance genes in these bacteria. The approach could be used to predict resistance in other infection-causing pathogens.

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June 20, 2019


Larry Smarr: The world's most self-measured man

A US computer scientist who has been monitoring the state of his health for nearly two decades says he?s healthier now than he?s been in 15 years.

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May 28, 2019

California Health Report

Why Some Preemies Thrive and Others Struggle Remains a Mystery

Four-year-olds Madeline Guidi and Owen Abrams have much in common. They both live in desirable neighborhoods in San Diego County, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Both are the only children in two-parent, middle-class households. And they were both born just a few months apart, at 24 weeks of gestation?four months too early. But despite these similarities, Madeline and Owen?s lives have turned out differently.

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June 1, 2019

The Scientist

Opinion: New Repository Will Hold the World?s Microbial Riches

The Microbiota Vault takes a holistic approach to preserving Earth?s microscopic diversity.

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