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Probiotics for buildings in action? Interesting but can’t verify

I just have to post about this, even though I can find no verification whatsoever for this story.

I think the concept of probiotics for buildings is a useful thought exercise, and have posted about it in the past.   I’m also aware that since we don’t have anything close to a reasonable understanding of microbial communities in the built environment that developing probiotics for buildings is many years away, if ever.

Which is why I was so interested when I came across this story yesterday, about a company that developed a “probiotic solution that lasts in air” which purports to “fill the space with good or neutral bacteria, which will harm bad bacteria and prevent them from thriving.”

There’s so many questions here, starting with;  Really?  What bacteria?  Chosen how? What evidence?

Oddly I can’t seem to find any verification of any part of this story, not the companies involved, not the people involved.  No press other than this story, and various re-postings thereof.

You be the judge… Interesting story or 2-month old esoteric April Fools Day joke?


David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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