Science needs your money (and your gut bacteria)

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  1. Brainspore says:

    …in exchange for a $99 donation, you’ll get a kit that will enable scientists to do DNA extraction and 16sRNA sequencing on the bacteria they find in a sample of your skin, saliva, or poop.

    Well, good luck finding that many people willing to give a shit.

    • welcomeabored says:

      You joke (and thank you for that), but I went directly to the website and bought ‘Microbes for Two’.  I’ve been curious for years about what the microbial diversity of our guts may tell us about our overall health, now and in the future.  I’ll get to test my theory, that my husband’s gut is healthier and more diverse than mine, even though I eat from a wider range of foods.  I’ve taken more antibiotics over a lifetime and I’ve been through chemo. 

      I think this will get full funding.  Alot of folks will give a shit.

      • Brainspore says:

        Yeah, well y’all can take that colonic sampling swab and stick it up your ass!!

        [EDIT to add: …then send it back in the enclosed pre-paid envelope for laboratory study, of course.]

        • welcomeabored says:

          I seem to have struck a nerve.  Sorry.

          • Brainspore says:

            (Ow!)

            In all seriousness, my family is in a similar situation, though my wife’s microbial diversity is probably diminished due to a surgical procedure that resulted in some pretty major habitat destruction. Sounds like an interesting study.

          • welcomeabored says:

            If you and your wife took the tests, would you do anything with the results?

          • Brainspore says:

            @welcomeabored:disqus :
            Good question. The procedure she had has only been around for 15 years or so, and I don’t know if it’s long-term effects of microbial diversity have been studied yet. She might take some convincing to win over, though.

          • bklynchris says:

            I will not presume to suggest an at home inoculation method but here is an interesting husband wife microflora donation.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/science/13micro.html?pagewanted=all

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Did you not get the part about it being a colonic swab?

          • welcomeabored says:

            Yes dear, the language just seemed a bit too direct.  I normally love Brainspore’s sense of humor.  (You may recall I also bridled at being called a bitch.) 

            I’ve spent five days alone.  I think I hear a martini calling my name.

          • Brainspore says:

            @welcomeabored:disqus : Sorry if that was a misfire. Next drink’s on me.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Hey, it’s no skin off my nose.

  2. Pace Ricciardelli says:

    There’s a similar (competing?) indiegogo site set up for μBiome, which has a significantly lower monetary goal and more donations (currently).  American Gut is making its data public, while μBiome is “looking into it”.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/ubiome

  3. bklynchris says:

    I am so firmly a believer in this that I too will do poo for two.  Seriously though, there is some fascinating anecdotal and peer reviewed shit out there.

    The anecdotal:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/science/13micro.html?pagewanted=all

    The peer reviewed:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2930426/?tool%3Dpubmed

    than that book that guy wrote can someone please remember this for me : (

    It has been found that women’s gut flora changes during pregnancy and that the gut flora in diabetics is markedly different that those who are not.  Some studies have even suggested that neurochemistry dynamically interacts with the intestinal microbiome.

    Anyway, these studies are one of the new frontiers in medicine and I expect that there will be a paradigm shift in our understanding of human illness, disease, and disorder as a result.  This makes me wish I was still in grad school (did I just say that?).

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