Inspirotec Inc and Argonne National Laboratory Collaborate on Largest Study to Date of Airborne Allergens and Microbiome in Same Homes
CHICAGO, May 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inspirotec Inc., is a rapidly growing Chicago-based company with its ExhaleTM highly portable whole house allergen measuring system and remediation support services. ExhaleTM is the only air quality system with field studies based on unique proprietary technology for measuring airborne bio-material. Inspirotec today announced the extension of its largest ever field study ofinhalable allergens in homes1 to the airborne microbiome.
“It is probably one of the largest studies of airborne allergen exposures given the number of homes involved,” according to Martin Chapman PhD, President and CEO of Indoor Biotechnologies Inc., which developed the sensitive MARIA® technology used for measuring the airborne allergens. Patients run the air sampling device in their own homes and produce data on allergens and microbiome in the same samples. This is now appearing in the journal Microbiome (https://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/). Relationships were determined between allergen load, microbial content and a large amount of other meta-data for each sample. Significant associations are shown between allergen burden and the microbiota in air from the same sample, and these associations relate to the characteristics of the homes and neighborhoods.
Results are obtained utiliing the innovative home-based study, combined with hig throughput genetic sequencing by Dr. Jack Gilber and his colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago, now having moved to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego.
Allergists from five medical practices recruited patients to run the sample collection. They
provided patients with instructions and packages to take home, plug in their bedrooms to
test the air there for a few days, and patients returned them to their doctors.
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