Sourdough As A Window Into The Microbiome

It’s a sourdough starter — a slurry of water, flour, yeasts, and bacteria — from which loaves of delicious bread are born.
Wolfe and Landis look at another sourdough starter under a microscope — the sample I had sent in a few months ago.
Last year, former President Obama launched the National Microbiome Initiative, a half-billion dollar plan to study the microbiome.
” He wants to understand what environmental factors and biochemical processes determine which organisms can thrive in different microbiomes.
These samples will now go to Dunn’s lab, which is trying to take a DNA snapshot and capture the most detailed census ever of a sourdough microbiome.

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