Category: PickleBox

BioBE human microbial cloud research featured on Science Friday

Get up close and personal with BioBE Center Director Jessica Green and postdoc Roxana Hickey as they discuss research on the human microbial cloud performed in collaboration with the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory! The Science Friday video released today highlights recent findings published by former Center member James Meadow and colleagues in the journal PeerJ, along with present and future research being conducted in the BioBE Center. To learn more, stay tuned for the Science Friday podcast on January 29th at 2 p.m. on Portland station KOPB at 550 AM and 1600 AM in Eugene or at 11 a.m. online at sciencefriday.com.

Video: Your Very Special Microbial Cloud
Produced by Luke Groskin

Related story: Science Friday chases bugs with UO research (AroundtheO)

New BioBE publication in PeerJ: “Humans differ in their personal microbial cloud”

Congratulations to all co-authors on the successful publication of their research in ESBL’s comfort chamber (affectionately, the Pickle Box). There has been a lot of excitement in the press; some links to articles in the media are listed below, and are also located at the end of the article on the PeerJ website.

PeerJ constructed this simplified, infographic summary of the study.
PeerJ constructed this simplified, infographic summary of the study.

 

The BBC: Everyone has a ‘microbial cloud’

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-34314065

James Gallagher writing in the BBC

The Washington Post: “You’re surrounded by a cloud of bacteria as unique as a fingerprint”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/09/22/youre-surrounded-by-a-cloud-of-bacteria-as-unique-as-a-fingerprint/

Article by Rachel Feltman

CBS News: “People emit a unique “microbial cloud” of bacteria, study finds”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/people-emit-a-unique-microbial-cloud-of-bacteria-study-finds/

Article by Sara Miller

NPR: “Wherever You Go, Your Personal Cloud Of Microbes Follows”

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/22/441841735/wherever-you-go-your-personal-cloud-of-microbes-follows

Article by Rob Stein

Science: “You’re surrounded by your own personal cloud of microbes”

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/09/you-re-surrounded-your-own-personal-cloud-microbes

Article by Hanae Armitage

The Atlantic: “Your Microbe Aura Could Be as Distinctive as Your Fingerprint”

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/inside-the-germ-cloud/406591/

Article by Cari Romm

The Smithsonian: “You Produce a Microbial Cloud That Can Act Like an Invisible Fingerprint”

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-produce-microbial-cloud-can-act-invisible-fingerprint-180956698/

Article by Brian Handwerk

 

http://www.newsweek.com/microbial-cloud-aka-auras-are-basically-real-375010

BioBE in GEO Magazine

 

Image courtesy of Lori Nix, www.lorinix.net
Image courtesy of Lori Nix, www.lorinix.net

 

BioBE research is featured in a new article in GEO Magazine. Titled “Die Wildnis im Wohnzimmer” (“The Wilderness in the Living Room”) and written by Ute Eberle, the article discusses the human and built environment microbiome experiments that use ESBL’s climate chamber, and quotes James Meadow.

Check out the cool video at the end of the article!

Climate Chamber Experiments

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Our team has been conducting additional experiments in the Climate Chamber in the Portland ESBL lab this week and will continue into next. We hope to have some of the data prepped for our presentation at the Microbiology of the Built Environment Conference in Boulder, CO at the beginning of June. Stay tuned!

Climate Chamber: Pilot Experiment Sampling

The BioBE Center’s newest experiment is working to find out how many and what types of bacteria a single person “sheds” in a few hours, for example, while sitting at your work desk.

We had a few folks in the Climate Chamber constructed and operated by ESBL at the University of Oregon in Portland. The Chamber is designed to test the comfort levels of occupants with the ability to adjust temperature, relative humidity, and air exchange rates with high precision.

For our experiment, the walls and floors were lined with decontaminated plastic sheeting to create a clean room environment while incoming air was filtered through hospital-grade filters. Air samples and surface collectors surrounded the person while they sat and played on their laptops for a few hours. Samples are currently being processed as we’ve begun to address the challenges of this uniquely low biomass environment.

Check out the pictures from this first sampling here.