The American Gut Project is one of the largest crowdsourced and crowdfunded citizen science projects. Co-founder Rob Knight of the University of California, San Diego says the project allows anyone to see what their microbiome looks like. Thereâ€™s even a project looking into how dog owners share similar microbial populations with their pets, which may offer insight into how oneâ€™s dog may affect one's health.
"Our work on dogs has been in some ways, citizen science, based from the beginning.12:10 Because even the initial project looking at families, including families with pets, we made sure that we got approval to return the data back to the people who were participating in the project so that they could understand something about their microbes and get some sort of benefit out of seeing the microbes that were in their bodies and in the bodies of their families. At the moment, I should point out that benefit is primarily in terms of scientific knowledge and just understanding what makes a difference to your microbiome and what doesnâ€™t. But as an increasing number of diseases get linked to the microbiome, itâ€™s possible that in the future, weâ€™ll be able to develop tests for particular diseases th
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