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.

Newborn
When children enter the world, they’re colonized by whatever microbial community they first touch. For those born by cesarean section, that initial contact is not with the mother’s birth canal but with her skin—or with the doctor’s. Both have very different sets of microbes.
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