Nose Picking and Other Notes from the Microbiome Workshop

microbial_350x248Did you know that nose picking is useful to science? Indeed, the nasal passages have been mined, so to speak, for new insights into pathogens and the microbiome. You can now view the dirty details about this topic and many others related to the fascinating world of the microbiome on the NIMBioS YouTube channel, which now has the full line-up of talks from our recent popular Investigative Workshop: Computational Advances in Microbiome Research.

Forty-three of the top thought leaders in computational microbial community analysis techniques attended the workshop by invitation. In addition to those attending in real time, nearly 100 virtual participants viewed a live stream of the talks. A lively discussion took place on Twitter with the hashtag #CAMRws.

Workshop goals were to foster new ideas, accelerate the pace of biological discovery through dissemination of cross-disciplinary techniques, provide a starting point for new collaborations, and to identify gaps for future funding opportunities. The July 27-28 workshop was co-organized by by Jill Banfield of the University of California, Berkeley, and Curtis Huttenhower of Harvard University.

Full details about the workshop can be found at More resources and discussions can be found on the workshop’s WordPress site at

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