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Welcome to MiCWA

The goal of the Microbiome Consortium of Western Australia (MiCWA) is to advance and strengthen microbiome research within Western Australia, with a particular emphasis on human health and development. The Consortium’s focus is on linking clinicians, scientists, bioinformaticians and platform providers, via an online hub/forum, in order to foster the establishment of multidisciplinary collaborations, the exchange of information, protocols and technical expertise. MiCWA is closely affiliated with the WA Human Microbiome Collaborating Centre (Curtin University) and the West Coast Microbiome Network.

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Updates from the Microbiome Digest
Updates From The Microbiome Digest

Microbiome Digest – Bik's Picks

Latest microbiome-related research is posted daily on the Microbiome Digest, by Elisabeth Bik, Science Editor at Twitter: @microbiomdigest 

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An overview of the human microbiome
An Overview Of The Human Microbiome

Exploring the human microbiome from multiple perspectives: factors altering its composition and function

 2017 Feb 25. doi: 10.1093/femsre/fuw046.

A broad picture of the factors commonly influencing different body sites, and which have been associated with alterations in the human microbiota in terms of composition and function

Our microbiota presents peculiarities and characteristics...
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Microbiome seeding study
Microbiome Seeding Study

Could mothers’ bacteria protect c-section babies from obesity risk?

Liggins Institute researchers commence an oral dosing 'vaginal seeding' study of infants following C-section delivery, to lower obesity risk

The research team led by Professor Wayne Cutfield has received $150,000 from the Health Research Council to test the hypothesis that babies born by c-section miss out on receiving health-promoting bacteria from their mother’s vagina during birth. The Liggins Institute-led study will involve 40 sets of twins born by c-section in Auckland over the next two...
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The microbiome and disorders of the central nervous system
The Microbiome And Disorders Of The Central Nervous System

This review discusses the pre and post-natal factors that shape the developing neonatal microbiota and how they may impact on health outcomes with relevance to disorders of the central nervous system. 

 2017 Jun 27. pii: S0091-3057(17)30024-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2017.06.016

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DNA extraction for microbiome studies
Dna Extraction For Microbiome Studies

Method for preparing DNA from feces in guanidine thiocyanate solution affects 16S rRNA-based profiling of human microbiota diversity

 2017 Jun 28;7(1):4339. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-04511-0.

Here, we examined the influence of various factors such as pretreatment (e.g., removing GuSCN solution and washing feces with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) before mechanical lysis), fecal concentration in the GuSCN solution, storage time, and position of fecal subsampling on the 16S rRNA-based analysis of fecal bacteria in GuSCN solution. We found that...
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Microbiome Bias and Confounding
Microbiome Bias And Confounding

Website that lists major sources of bias and confounding in microbiome studies, a great resource:


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