CHASING MICROBES

The human gut microbiome flaunts its diversity in this sample of human feces, which includes an enormous bacterium that’s about 50 times longer than E. coli. Everyone’s mix of microbes is unique. Microbiome research is relatively young, and scientists are still learning the many ways these microbes affect our health, weight,
mood, and even personalities. In the not-too-distant future it might be routine to deliver a dose of healthy microbes in the form of prebiotics, probiotics, or fecal transplants—helping us realize the promise of operating at top form, from the inside out.

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