As we wrap up sampling in the waters off of Maine, Dr. Chris Dupont discusses how collections of plastic particles in the water â or âplastisphereâ â may be harboring fish or human pathogens. There may also be microbes responsible for degrading plastic, which are being investigated.
Preliminary research has shown a relationship between sex, the microbiome, and asthma development. We are looking to understand this relationship by examining sex differences in microbiomes in asthma. With this data we hope to advance more directed treatments and prevention.
Through the NIDDK-funded Genomics Scholars Program, JCVI has provided aspiring scientists wet lab, technical, and career training. Community college students from Montgomery College (Maryland) and MiraCosta College (California) have participated, with the next cohort joining us this summer.
The biggest scientific breakthroughs developed at JCVIâincluding sequencing of the first genome, the first microbiome sequencing, and creating new synthetic life were funded outside the traditional grant system.