Renaud Piarroux.

Environmental exposure to a wide range of microorganisms may prevent colonization of the low airways with parasites, which has been connected with an increased threat of asthma among adults and children.19,20 Balanced colonization of the airways may parallel the beneficial effects of a diverse microbiome at various other surfaces, such as the gut and skin.21,22 The notion of diversity as a summation of stimuli, nevertheless, is constrained by the facts that the number of pattern-recognition receptors is quite limited and the pathways of the innate immune system are redundant. Consequently, diversity in itself may not explain the protective results against asthma mediated by the innate disease fighting capability, since small numbers of microbial exposures might be sufficient to stimulate all pattern-recognition receptors.Lipkin, along with Dr. Thomas Briese, associate professor of Epidemiology at Columbia, have utilized this technology within their research to further innovative techniques of pathogen identification and discovery for unexplained respiratory attacks, viral hemorrhagic fevers, and meningoencephalitis. The patents Agilent has purchased cover differing areas of the MassCode Tag technology and so are valid in 34 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and China..