We’re navel gazing… on Canadian TV!

A little over a year ago, we launched our Belly Button Biodiversity project at the Science Online 2011 meeting, recruiting volunteers to twirl cotton swabs in their belly buttons to collect microbes, all in the name of science!

Marie Claire Shanahan, a science education and communication researcher at the University of Alberta, was one of the nearly 40 volunteers at the conference who allowed us to peer inside their navels.

Since that time we’ve completed DNA analyses on the microbes inhabiting over 150 belly buttons. We’ve learned so much about the diverse microbial communities that call our belly buttons […]

Sampling homes in the name of science, Wild Homes now featured in Science!

Journalist Courtney Humphries went all-in to write about the microbes living on the inside of buildings for Science Magazine – She swabbed 10 surfaces in her own apartment and sent them off to the University of Colorado, Boulder, for DNA analysis, reporting her results in a NewsFocus article in the February 10 issue of the prestigious scientific journal.

Courtney’s samples represent the first results from the Wild Life of Our Homes project, a collaboration between the Dunn Lab at NC State University and the Fierer Lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Our citizen science project […]

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