Health and Wellness

The Roots of Health

Meredith Rhodes Carson

The Roots of Health – Microbiome Research & Applications with Dr. Embriette Hyde: Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of my interview about Microbiome Research & Applications with Dr. Embriette Hyde. In Part 1 we learned that our bacterial genome contains roughly 360 times more genes that our human genome, and because our own microbiome is the product of our unique diets, environments, lifestyle, geography, and demographics, it holds the potential to create huge differences in health & immunity between any two people. This may bee the root of our bioindividuality. We chatted about a microbiome treatment and cure for the Clostridium difficile infection accomplished via fecal transplant – which is exactly what it sounds like. And finally, promising research into the science of obesity with respect to our individual microbial communities.

If you haven’t heard that show yet – follow this link to listen.

In Part 2 of my interview with Embriette we discuss how you can get involved in and contribute to the growing human micro biome database. And finally chat about ways that you can use your awareness of your own micro biome to begin to protect and cultivate it for your own health. Enjoy the show.

Dr. Embriette Hyde’s bio:

Dr. Embriette Hyde is a post-doctoral scholar in Dr. Rob Knight’s lab in the Pediatrics Department at the University of California, San Diego.  Embriette has four years of experience in microbiome research.  She completed her PhD at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX working on the oral microbiome and it’s potential role in cardiovascular disease. As a post-doc in the Knight lab, she continues to work on a variety of microbiomes, including plant, Komodo dragon, and human microbiomes, and she is developing protocols for high throughput isolation and phenotyping of individual species in a community.  Embriette is also actively involved in PR for the American Gut Project and is an active blogger on the American Gut site and on microbe.net.