Just Speak into the Microbe-phone_2018 R&D_56

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In the first episode of our new R&D Season, Just Science host Dr. John Morgan speaks with Dr. Bruce Budowle, the Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Genetics and Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Did you know that if you swab a 1cm square area of skin you'll recover up to ten thousand bacterial cells? Microbiome profiling for forensic identification complements partial or inconclusive STR profiles to increase resolution for human source attribution. Performance assessment is underway and preliminary data indicate that the candidate panel can characterize human-based selected microbes even at initially low abundant body sites. Listen along as John and Bruce explore research surrounding human microbiome flora and their implications on forensic science. This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

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