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February 14, 2019
They’re foreign to us, yet part of us. Do the trillions of microbes in and on our bodies control us?
Well, these bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – collectively called the microbiome– are quite likely affecting our brains and behavior to some degree.
The New York Times recently surveyed intriguing research linking microbiomes to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, depression and overeating, albeit mostly in mice. The work raises the prospect that we might someday treat such conditions in humans with dietary changes, bacteria capsules, or fecal transplants.
The article describes:
The mystery of the microbiome
The microbiome has historically been a bit of a mystery, theTimes explained, with only certain microbes able to survive in a petri dish. In the early 2000s, however, the ability to sequence the microbiome, whose genes outnumber the human genome’s 200-fold, helped unlock new insights.
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Humans have long heeded their gut. As it turns out, it can tell us so much more than we imagined.
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