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Microbiome Yarns: The Global Phenotype-Genotype Survey. Episode I: all my worldly goods, including my microbiome, I thee endow, 2018, by Kenneth Timmis, Franziska Jebok, Manfred Rohde and Gabriella Molinari. Microb. Biotech. 12: 11–24.

This Microbiome Yarn introduces the topics of gut microbiota, dysbiosis, and health impacts on gut:immune/inflammatory system-, gut:brain-, gut:skin-, gut:lung-, gut:liver-, gut:skeleton-axes; the gut microbiota as our second endocrine system; microbiota transplants and issues of safety, uniformity and quality control; keystone species; pathogen modes of transmission, including hot tub infections and their prevention.

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Teasers of Yarns in the Pipeline

Microbiome yarns: The Global Phenotype-Genotype Survey. Episode II: laryngeal microbiota and vocal phenotypes, which will introduce the topics of: bacterial degradation of nicotine and applications; bacterial macrofibres; silver metabolism – silver nanoparticle production and use for disinfection

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Are you fascinated by microbial diversity and the discovery of new microbes, like Wraithia and Spookia? If so, you are in for some delectable treats: tune in to future episodes of Global Environment Television’s “Discoveries That Change Our Lives” to learn about the discovery of exciting new members of our microbiomes, like Harmonicoccus sublimiae, Silvertonguium guruis, Slobbercopius jettisona, and Thrillseekia perilousis.

*Note: It has been brought to our attention by two highly respected microbial taxonomists that none of the new microbes gracing the pages of the Yarns has so far been validly described. (It might, however, be mentioned, that one of the taxonomists had not heard of Pseudomonas, only of Monas, which suggests that he/she is well beyond his/her sell-by date.) This is, of course, a dreadful omission for which we profusely apologise and will correct as soon as possible… when time permits… if we can find someone who is susceptible to delegation.

Alternatively, as a pragmatic approach that could solve the problem more promptly, we solicit the considered opinion of our readers. If you esteem that a formal taxonomic description is not essential to appreciate the activities of the new microbes, please click the yellow button (only once, please; we are assured that this only works once per computer but, hell, this is technology, so who knows!).

The colourless button will progressively become coloured according to the number of times the yellow button is clicked: green for up to 100 clicks, amber for 101-200 clicks, blue for 201-500 clicks, and red for 501+ clicks. The click button will remain active for one month, after which the currently colourless button will be automatically clicked at whatever colour it has reached. This will activate an electric pulse in already positioned and tested indwelling probes that have been covertly installed in the office chairs of the taxonomists in question.  The green pulse will not be detected; the amber pulse will be detected as a pleasant sensation; the blue pulse will cause the individual to make a blue comment; the red pulse will determine the high jump potential of the individual (for which we profusely apologise in advance to any secretary in attendance).

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