Global Microbiome Council | Kisaco Research

The Global Microbiome Council is organization formed by allied stakeholders that aspires to communicate and educate both the known and unknown facets of human biology collectively referred to as the skin microbiome. Drawing on the expertise of all members, the Council serves as a unified, authoritative resource to disseminate precise and scientifically accurate information relevant to the skin microbiome to consumers, regulators, industry, academia and the global market.

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  • Every group member is a stakeholder in the collective efforts of the group.
  • The group aspires to scientific accuracy and precision in our communications.
  • The group acknowledges the uncertainty surrounding skin microbiome science and acknowledges that we are working with imperfect information and techniques.
  • The working group welcomes new members providing that new members agree to abide with the defining principles.
  • The group acknowledges that definitions are not fixed and subject to change upon group discussion as and when the scientific evidence suggests.
  • Upon meeting, the working group will engage in scholarly, civil discourse.
  • The group will respect everyone who attends the meetings and acknowledges that everyone has the right to be heard and listened to when voicing their opinions.
  • The Global Microbiome Council will maintain an up-to-date public library of agreed-upon microbiome definitions through this website.  

Consumer Definitions

  • Microbiome - All microorganisms as represented by their genomic content within a particular environment.
  • Microbiota/Microflora - All viable microorganisms present in a specific, defined environment.
  • Probiotic – Living (active or dormant) beneficial microorganisms.
  • Prebiotic - Nutrient substrates selectively metabolized by beneficial microorganisms.
  • Postbiotic - Beneficial, non-living microorganisms, ferments, lysates, isolates, or substances derived from probiotics.
  • Synbiotic - Beneficial combinations of a probiotic and its specific prebiotic.
  • Symbiotic – Close and long-term association of two different organisms where there may be a benefit to both
  • Dysbiosis - Any imbalance within a microbial ecosystem associated with a loss of resilience in response to stress, disease, illness, or an adverse health outcome.
  • Resident Microorganisms - Microorganisms that are native or permanent residents to a given environment. Also referred to as indigenous (engrafted) microorganisms.
  • Transient Microorganisms - Microorganisms that are temporarily found in an environment.
  • Metagenome - The complement of all genetic material present in a defined environment.
  • Proteome - The entire set of proteins expressed by organisms in an environment under defined conditions.
  • Transcriptome - All RNA transcripts that are derived from organisms within an environment under defined conditions.
  • Bioinformatics - Science of collecting and analyzing complex biological data such as genetic or proteomic information.
  • Viable Non-culturable Microorganisms - Microorganisms that are living but cannot be grown in a laboratory.
  • Biofilms - Communities in which bacteria live, usually on surfaces, often with different species and wrapped in a matrix in which they both communicate and cooperate.

The GMC acknowledges generous support from our Founding Sponsor, Kisaco Research including website, conferences, webinars, and virtual networking engagements. 


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