Where Microbiome Research Is Headed: My Latest for NPR

There has been a flourish of new studies linking the human microbiome to a host of diseases--Parkinson's, diabetes, and even depression. But that is not enough for biologist Rob Knight. Knight is one of the co-founders of the American Gut Project, a citizen-funded effort to better understand the microbiome's connection to health. He recently moved …

The Guts of a Microbiome: I Sequenced My Family’s Poo for Science–and for NPR

About a year and a half ago I learned that the epicenter of citizen microbiome science is just a half-hour away from my house. So, naturally, I wanted to give them my poo.* And my dog's, too. (The results of the quest are detailed in a four-part series on NPR's Shots blog) More specifically, I wanted to …