Microbiome Science Could Bring a Revolution in Medical Care
- The human body is made up of roughly 10 trillion cells. That's a huge number, but it's dwarfed by the 40 trillion or so bacterial cells that live on and inside the body.
In recent years, scientists have learned that our bacteria — known collectively as the microbiome — are intimately involved with many aspects of our health, including the robustness of our immune system and our risk of developing asthma and allergies. Now, new research suggests that the microbiome may also play a key role in neurological and psychological disorders.