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Belly Button Biodiversity and Medical Communications

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Research reported recently in Genome Technology describes a project at North Carolina State University that seeks to identify all the bacteria living in human belly buttons.  To the obvious question, “why?” the researchers led by Jiri Huler of the Dunn Lab respond that it’s an isolated area that’s hospitable to bacteria and that’s not fastidiously washed.

What they found was that in the first 95 samples cultured, there were 1,400 strains of bacteria, 662 of which couldn’t be classified.    Read full post »

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Personalized Medicine Reality Check

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One of the challenges of being in the ahead-of-the-curve business of communicating about advances in medical science is that based on publications and specialized conferences it may seem that a concept like personalized medicine is rapidly advancing, but out in practice it may not be progressing at all.  Such is the feeling I got when I read “Genetics, Your Heart and Your Future,” the keynote address by the American College of Cardiology’s CEO, Jack Lewin, MD, at the conference, “New Frontiers in Personalized Medicine: Cardiovascular Research & Clinical Care” held recently at George Washington University. Read full post »