Today, CosmosID announced a collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine to support a global study involved in exploration of the microbial community diversity, characterization of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) genes and the discovery of new biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) from cities around the world. CosmosID’s computational tools and curated genome databases will be used for accurate and precise identification of microbial community composition and AMR markers. CosmosID has analyzed over 20,000 biological samples from various sources that range from human, animal, plant, water, and soil using their database comprising more than 65,000 microbial genomes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity markers.
Times have certainly changed since the 1960s back when doctors would endorse cigarette brands on TV advertisements! Over the course of the past half-century, there has been a near-constant stream of new research that has shown us exactly how bad smoking is for the human body. From causing various forms of cancer to increasing the risk of chronic diseases to simply causing wrinkles--there is no denying that smoking is incredibly damaging. Despite this fact, over a billion people around the world still smoke. For this reason, new information continues to pour in. If you needed one more reason to get motivated to quit smoking, the New York University School of Medicine might have it for you: smoking alters the microbial makeup of the bacterial ecosystem in our mouths--and that’s bad news!
If you enjoy wine or chocolate, (and let's be honest--who doesn't enjoy at least one of those treats,) then you will love the recent news out of Belgium! According to recent research, both wine and dark chocolate could potentially have beneficial effects on the digestive microbiome. Before you get too excited, remember the old adage “everything in moderation” still applies! However, as long as you don’t overdo it, you can rest easy knowing that you might be doing your belly a favor whenever you sip back a glass of malbec or savor a delicious bar of dark chocolate.