Friday, February 25, 2011

My m=1 Microbiome: Data for Epimicrobiomics Thinkering

The whole truth is wholly elusive.

But that doesn't mean we don't try.

"Blind men and a elephant" is an insightful parable that frames truth-seeking perceptively: Given our personal opacities, we individually conceive varying realities to some degree, despite seeking the same underlying "truth" ultimately.

About four years ago, Craig Ventor published his personal genome online; he wanted the information content of his genetic material to be made freely available publicly; he wanted to advance the Human Genome Project using his n=1 DNA sequencing.

In a similar spirit, in light of the Human Microbiome Project, below are the results of a DNA analysis of my GI microbiota (thx2Dr.BG); that is, my m=1 personal microbiome:

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