THE MICROBIOME ANALYSIS CENTER @ GMU
The MicroBiome Analysis Center (MBAC) resides within the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and supports collaborative research in the fields of Molecular Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Evolution, and Genomics. One of the major focuses of the MBAC is research into dysbiosis of the microbial communities (microbiomes) that resides in the human gut, mouth, urogenital, and respiratory tracts and model the homeostatic interactions between microbiome function and human derived gene expression. We define these functions and interactions as the Metabiome and this represents an example where biological data and computational tools are brought together in the multidisciplinary field called Systems Biology.
It has now become apparent that the Human Microbiome is implicated in social behavior, reproduction, growth, cognition, as well as many diseases. The Human Microbiome is an integral component of the human ecosystem and is a major driver of the system. In fact, one could even say that the human host is only there to propagate the SELFISH MICROBIOME. (10/14/2013).