Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Although humans in industrialized countries spend nearly 90 percent of their time in enclosed buildings, we know very little about the biology of the indoor environment. Humans are constantly exposed to microorganisms within hospitals, homes, day-care facilities, schools and workplaces. Airborne microbial communities are intimately connected to human health in many ways, for example through the spread of acute respiratory disease and the increase of asthma symptoms. Despite the obvious significance of the indoor environment to sustainable well-being, little is known about the causes and consequences of microbial biodiversity indoors.


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