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Welcome to attend the eighth of our Knowledge for Change seminars. Doctor Alex Mira, the Department of Genomics and Health, FISABIO Institute, Valencia, will present his lecture:

Microbiome: The last human organ

The latest DNA analysis technologies have revolutionized the study of microorganisms that live together with human beings, generally known as the microbiome. Alex Miras research group have applied high-throughput sequencing techniques to study microbiological communities in the mouth, stomach, respiratory track, gut and maternal breast milk both under health and disease conditions.

Alex Mira will talk about how these studies have allowed the researchers to determine the causing agents of complex diseases such as tooth decay or gum disease, to identify those microorganisms that could be used as biomarkers for colorectal cancer or asthma, and to identify beneficial bacteria with potential probiotic use in different diseases.