If anyone is interested in some microbiome reading, I’ve posted some references below of a few recent papers. One is the current status of the Human Microbiome Project. There is another one the connection between the microbiome and cancer. I’ve also posted a recent Science paper that is relevant to our discussion from the last meeting on luminal versus tissue-attached commensals. Note that I haven’t read any of these yet so I don’t know how good they are but all looked interesting.
Proctor, L. M. (2011). The human microbiome project in 2011 and beyond Cell host & microbe, 10(4), 287–291. doi:10.1016/j.chom.2011.10.001
Plottel, C. S., & Blaser, M. J. (2011). Microbiome and malignancy Cell host & microbe, 10(4), 324–335. doi:10.1016/j.chom.2011.10.003
Vaishnava, S., Yamamoto, M., Severson, K. M., Ruhn, K. A., Yu, X., Koren, O., Ley, R., et al. (2011). The Antibacterial Lectin RegIII Promotes the Spatial Segregation of Microbiota and Host in the Intestine. Science (New York, NY), 334(6053), 255–258. doi:10.1126/science.1209791