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23/1/2015

CRG and 'la Caixa' Foundation are carrying out the first study into the mouth's microbiome and its possible relationship with lifestyle

CRG and 'la Caixa' Foundation are carrying out the first study into the mouth's microbiome and its possible relationship with lifestyle


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This morning, Javier Bertolín, Director of the Commerce and Education Area of “la Caixa” Foundation, Luis Serrano, director of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), and Toni Gabaldón, head of the Comparative Genomics group at the CRG, presented the pioneering project involving public participation ‘Stick out your Tongue' in CosmoCaixa. This is a scientific initiative promoted by the Centre for Genomic Regulation and the “la Caixa” Foundation that is aimed at discovering the variety of micro-organisms that live in our mouths, particularly the bacteria and fungi, and determining if this variety is related to environmental characteristics and/or lifestyle.

“It is the first time that the CRG has undertaken a citizen science project and we are certain that the contributions by the students and society in general will be the key for the success of the project”, affirms Luis Serrano, director of the Centre for Genomic Regulation.

“The aim of the ‘Saca la Lengua' project is to identify the variety of bacteria and fungi present in the microbiome of our mouths and find out if this variation is conditioned by environmental characteristics and, in the long term, assess whether it has a relationship with disease”, explains Toni Gabaldón, head of the Comparative Genomics group at the CRG and scientific coordinator of the project. Dr Gabaldón adds: “Detecting and studying the fungi present in the human mouth’s microbiome is, at a scientific level, one of the most important challenges of the project. So far, there has been no study on this subject with a significant sample size and we hope, with the help of the general public, to be the first to accomplish this.”

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