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There is a growing body of evidence linking many diseases in the human body to the behavior and composition of the microbiome, and in the Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology at Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital in India, assistant professor Priya Nimish Deo is focused on the role of the oral microbiome in the etiology of oral cancer and precancer, as well as diseases affecting other areas of the body.

With the emergence of new technology such as next generation sequencing and 16S rRNA sequencing, microorganisms which cannot be cultured in the lab can now be identified.

Deo is collecting data and reviewing the current literature on the microbes in the mouth in preparation for researching the connections between them and diseases in the body, and she shares what she’s learned so far.

On today’s podcast, you will discover:

  • Why certain microorganisms cannot be cultured
  • How proteomics, metagenomics, and metabolomics differ from one another and are contributing to the identification and understanding of the oral microbiome
  • What happens to the oral microbiome after taking antibiotics
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