If your partner’s kiss is on your lips, his microbes are too.

A passionate kiss that lasts more than 10 seconds transfers about 80 million bacteria, researchers say.  The evidence, published in the journal Microbiome, comes from 21 couples, ages 17 to 45 who made out for science.

Listen to Remco Kort, a microbiologist at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research in Amsterdam and lead author of the study as he speaks with NPR’s Rob Stein in this recent interview.

“It is provocative to think that we can perhaps donate beneficial microbes by an ‘oral microbiome transplant,’ ” says Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D., Metanome Founder and Chief Scientific Officer and microbiologist at the Baylor College of Medicine.

 

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Dr. F. John Mills joins Metanome Board of Directors

Dr. Mills said that he is excited about the opportunity to help lead Metanome to the next level in its development. “Metanome is quickly making a name for itself by partnering with innovative pharmaceutical companies and providing best in class metagenomic services and data analytics, all fueled by access to the breadth and depth of microbiome research at Baylor College of Medicine.”

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Metagenomics For Microbiology – Newly Published First Edition

Metanome scientists Joseph F. Petrosino and Nadim J. Ajami co-author a chapter “Toward the Understanding of the Human Virome”, in this newly published book, which expertly describes the latest metagenomic methodologies and best-practices for microbiome studies from sample collection to data analysis for taxonomic, whole shotgun metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic studies.

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Microbiome Research using Next Generation Sequencing

Professor Joseph F Petrosino, Chief Scientific Officer at Metanome and Director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses how the Human Microbiome Project aims to characterize the human microbiome and analyze its role in human health and disease.

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The Positive Role of Bacteria on the Human Microbiome

The positive role of bacteria on the human microbiome – an interview with Professor Joseph F Petrosino, Chief Scientific Officer at Metanome and Director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine.

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