Microbial Me: A Look Inside Microbiome Research

Scientists performing microbiome research are discovering how microbes not only make us sick, but also keep our bodies working.

Microbial Mandala
The cities we build, the buildings we work in, the food we eat, the homes we keep, the environments where we live our lives and raise our children—all these factors affect the microbes living inside us, which in turn, scientists are discovering, can influence everything from obesity to Alzheimer’s to asthma.
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