From Cynicism to Success
Some have dismissed excitement about the microbiome as “hype,” but real results are being seen and many new therapeutics are in development for a range of indications.
With Colleen Cutcliffe | | Longer Read
A fourth century Chinese handbook for emergency medicine outlined how FMT can be used to treat food poisoning and diarrhea. Though the ancient manuscript cannot describe the implications of gut microbiota on human health in the way we can today, it does highlight the fact that people have known and believed in the central role of the gut in human disease for centuries. We now have the science to back up the fact that the microbiome is important and can affect our health – and the medicines we take. We now have the opportunity to use emerging knowledge and technologies to fill in the blanks pertaining to the chemical mechanisms of the microbiome and the consequences for us.
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