Re: Cohousing
From: Philip Dowds (
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:32:13 -0700 (PDT)
For a long time, my spellchecker insisted on substituting “choosing” for 
“cohousing”.  Turns out the article is about as hilarious if you put “choosing” 
in for all the “cohousing” references.

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Village Cohousing
Cambridge, MA

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> On Jun 11, 2019, at 6:09 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> [at]> wrote:
>> On Jun 11, 2019, at 1:43 PM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:
> This is wonderful. I think we need a gallery on the website of all these. 
> “Cohousing" is used 65 times. I don’t think spell check switched with 
> “cohabitation."
> My favorite sentences:
>> Finally, it is now well established that microbiota can be horizontally 
>> transferred from one mouse to another by simply cohousing the animals. 
>> During cohousing, animals may feed on feces (as a result of coprophagy) or 
>> ingest feces by self-grooming. Cohousing is now a widely accepted method for 
>> normalizing microbial communities; it is a simple and convenient approach, 
>> which allows for separately breeding distinct mouse lines and then cohousing 
>> upon weaning.
>> Our results show that cohousing results in near-complete normalization of 
>> the fecal microbiotas of the mice within 28 days, with the majority of 
>> bacterial OTUs normalized after 7 days of horizontal transmission. However, 
>> our studies do not rule out that the possibility that differences in the 
>> microbiota composition may exist at other specific locations or niches 
>> within the intestine even after cohousing.
> The lesson is that unless you want to change your biome, don’t each each 
> others feces.
> I think you have to respond Ann. This is like impeachment — clearly a 
> violation but is it worth it. I think the authors might be embarrassed down 
> the line. Though it looks like a print publication so they may be stuck.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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