Microbiomes Might Be Controllable Through THOR

Microbes are considered a very important part of the community due to their presence and strong influence. Professor Jo Handelsman, which is the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison believes that microbes are the most influential beings on the planet saying, “Microbial communities run the world. People always laugh when I say that, but it’s true.”

This is why, she has focused her team to start working on finding ways to change the influence of microbes towards a positive ends. If we could use and control the large numbers and different types of microbes to our aid, we will be able to change the course of humanity.

This is not a foreign idea as people already swallow probiotics which is technically a type of microbe, beneficial for the digestive system. However, the focus  is to control these microbes to show a bigger impact which is sustainable. This is why Jo’s team are working on a bacterial community named THOR. This includes three types of bacteria, isolated together to study their behavior. The results showed different attitude and results from the microorganisms due to their presence in one area.

These results will help to observe sequences and patterns in their reactions, which will help us understand the bacterial community and hence might help us to amend and control it to or benefits accordingly. The results have been published in the mBio journal which is a turning point for all interested researchers.