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by Justin Sonnenburg, Erica Sonnenburg
Stanford University scientists deliver an exhaustive, and sometimes exhausting, survey of the human microbiome.
Here to explain … everything related to the role of bacteria in our bodies, are two Stanford University School of Medicine scientists … in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology — Justin as a professor and Erica as a researcher … Scientists will be fascinated by the carefully reproduced studies that highlight surprising findings — stressing a lab animal, for instance, can change its gut microbiota — yet may have misgivings about the Sonnenburgs’ untested views on things like hand-washing routines and infant feeding. Sometimes proof and opinion seem at odds, as when the authors consider the gut bacterias’ possible impact on autism spectrum disorders; though the experiments cited are inconclusive, the Sonnenburgs express unexpected optimism that a connection will one day be found.
An informative guide to the gut in search of its best audience.
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