A multidisciplinary panel of scientists addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research. Catch up on the highlights of this discussion now.
In normal times, Jack Gilbert is hard to pin down. The University of California, San Diego professor usually travels nearly a quarter-million miles each year, giving talks, attending events and working with collaborators around the globe.
Computational approaches help to map the extensive biochemical chatter between bacteria and their human hosts.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus, like all biological material, is composed of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, metabolites and other small molecules. Researchers are using -omics technologies (e.g. proteomics, lipidomics, transcriptomics, genomics) to develop biomarker tests, understand the biology of the novel coronavirus, and provide insight into our immune response to infection. Metabolomics aims to measure all the metabolites and other small molecules in a sample; and it is being used to survey the blood, urine, feces and saliva to identify chemical biomarkers of COVID-19 and better understand the disease.
Armies of microbiologists are swabbing subways, ATMs, and hospitals in search of the novel coronavirus. Their data could help cities reopen responsibly.
This finding illuminates an unexpected connection between the abilities of simple organisms and complex neurons in the human brain.
As we age, our skin changes, and so too do the bugs that live there
A new tool has been developed that can effectively predict a person’s chronological age based on a microbiome sample. The tool, developed in collaboration between UC San Diego and IBM researchers, is most accurate at predicting a person’s age when using a skin microbiome sample.
Just say aah: The bugs living on your skin, and in your mouth and gut could reveal your age.