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The Wild Life of Our Homes

Main Project Information
Goal Build an atlas of household microbial diversity.
Task Collect samples of the microbes in your home.
Where anywhere Your home

The Your Wild Life team needs citizen scientists to go boldly where few have gone before -- into the life-filled ecosystem of your house!

The species in and around our households are interesting intrinsically. They are the ones we interact with most often, and they are the species among which evolution is likely proceeding most rapidly. These species living on and beside us are also interesting for another very important reason: their presence and absence may directly influence our health and wellbeing.

Yet curiously scientists have dedicated relatively little attention to understanding the ecology and evolution of the species that live alongside us, be they bacteria, fungi, or insects…until now.

With simple sampling devices, statistical wherewithal, and the ability to detect invisible species using genetic methods, scientists now have the tools and techniques necessary for domestic exploration. But they're missing one very important member of our team: YOU.

With an easy-to-use sampling kit, you can help research test a handful of hypotheses related to microbial wild life in and around you home.

How to Join

Visit the project website to request a sampling kit.

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Required Gear

The project provides each participant with a sampling kit.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At home
Media Mentions
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Tags microbes, microbiology bacteria house human, microbiome, students discover
Project Updated 05/23/2018