What is microbiomics?
‘Microbiomics’ (German: Mikrobiomik) deals with the diversity, genetics and function of microbe-communities. Microbes or microorganisms are all living things that are to small to be seen with the naked eye, for example bacteria or single-celled fungi and algae. All these organisms are in constant interaction, support or fight each other and thereby secure their own little niche within the ecosystem. Microorganisms populate not only soil or water, but also all multicellular life forms including plants, animals and humans.
What is a microbiome?
The term 'microbiome' is used to describe the sum of all microorganisms which populate a specific ecosystem. In analogy to the 'genome', emphasis is placed on the genetic information of the organisms. The human 'microbiome' is therefore comprised of all the genes that do not originate in our own cells, but in the cells of the microorganisms that live within and on our body.
What is mikroBIOMIK.org?
We establish a platform that collects, curates and simplifies information from all the facets of microbiomics. Furthermore, we want to support people to answer their own questions, e.g. which microbes live in their pond or if their digestive problems might have something to do with the gut flora. Schools, environmental associations and other organizations may profit from the content and expertise as well.
We are an interdisciplinary team of scientists, doctors, dentists, therapists, midwifes, ecologists, teachers, artists and computer scientists.
mikroBIOMIK.org is a nonprofit organization and might establish itself as an 'out-of-school' learning environment and center for citizen science.
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