Are you your microbiomes?

The e. coli made me do it.    “A lot of public and scientific attention has been paid recently to the idea that the microbiome—the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes that share our bodies, outnumbering our own cells ten to one—can cause diseases widely conceptualized as non-communicable. According to well-designed, peer-reviewed studies on rodents and humans, the microbiome appears to be a major contributor to obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, malnutrition, hypertension, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, lymphoma, liver cancer, psoriasis, and even ear wax. We are, in many ways, a result of the organisms that live inside us. … [Now a] number of elegant studies …  suggest that the microbiome may have as many implications for our brains and behavior as it does for more easily defined diseases.”

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