Genetic Future

Yet another -ome

From a recent paper in Nature Reviews Microbiology, it’s probiogenomics!

The human body is colonized by an enormous population of bacteria (microbiota) that provides the host with coding capacity and metabolic activities. Among the human gut microbiota are health-promoting indigenous species (probiotic bacteria) that are commonly consumed as live dietary supplements. Recent genomics-based studies (probiogenomics) are starting to provide insights into how probiotic bacteria sense and adapt to the gastrointestinal tract environment. In this Review, we discuss the application of probiogenomics in the elucidation of the molecular basis of probiosis using the well-recognized model probiotic bacteria genera Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus as examples.


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    December 16, 2008

    I can see job requests going out soon – “Scientist looking for a good -ome”.

  2. #2 Epicanis
    December 16, 2008

    Sounds like an interesting subject, actually. I’ll have to see if they’ve got anything about it in the library^H^H^H^H^H^H^H bibliome. If not, I suppose I could request something through inter-library loan^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H from the metabibliome.

    (Why they heck does forbid the <strike> tag???)

  3. #3 Andrew Yates
    December 17, 2008

    Too bad Carlene Chun of U of Wisconsin-Madison missed staking the term for herself when she published her paper on Vibrio fischeri in squid back this July. Just goes to show: when in doubt, always stake a new term. Somebody else might want it someday!

    Have totally added the “probiogenomics” tag to the old post on Think Gene.

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