Cleveland Clinic today announced the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2017 at a multi-media presentation that climaxed the 2016 Medical Innovation Summit.

Topping the 11th annual list is the harnessing of the microbiome, the gut bacteria swarming in all of us. Recent discoveries have revealed the power of microbes to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. The healthcare industry will soon be pouring resources into addressing the potential for new therapies, diagnostics, probiotics and other products.

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The White House announces $121M-plus National Microbiome Initiative

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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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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What is Your Gut Telling You?

Scientists have long studied the link between our genes and our health. Now, in a growing area of scientific research, they’re studying the link between the bacteria in our intestines and virtually every disease that ails us.

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Using the Gut Microbiome to Improve Health

Scientists analyzing the gut microbiome have found groups of bacteria that are either abundant or nearly absent – a finding that could aid in coming up with ways to intervene to improve a person’s health. Though there is gradual variation in the abundance of much of gut bacteria, the scientists said in this week’s issue of the journal Nature Communications, specific bacterial groups exist in stable configurations that are associated with a person’s physiology and health.

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Architectural Design Drives the Biogeography of Indoor Bacterial Communities

Architectural design has the potential to influence the microbiology of the built environment, with implications for human health and well-being, but the impact of design on the microbial biogeography of buildings remains poorly understood. In this study we combined microbiological data with information on the function, form, and organization of spaces from a classroom and office building to understand how design choices influence the biogeography of the built environment microbiome.

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