Here are a few not-to-be-missed snippets of what we at uBiome are reading this week. Enjoy!
– The Huffington Post published an infographic explaining some of the physical and mental health conditions that have been connected to gut flora imbalances. The list includes depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, obesity, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, colon cancer, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Just a hint of the magnitude of promising microbiome research coming down the road.
– Pharma jumps on the wagon too. Johnson & Johnson announced that it is opening a microbiome institute, with an eye towards identifying and treating medical conditions sooner and more effectively than is currently possible.
– I just started reading Rob Dunn’s book The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today. Part of his thesis is that cleanliness, while helpful in some ways, can be harmful in other ways, possibly even contributing to things like allergies and chronic disease. I’m excited to dive deeper into this intersection of evolutionary biology, medicine, and the ecology of our planet.
– Making breakfast with your vagina?!? If you’ve read this far, you deserve a special treat. Probably not safe for work (unless you work at uBiome!), but it’s a fun read. And yes, some people actually eat vagina yogurt.
If you read something amazing that you’d like to share here next week, please let us know!
We wish you and your microbiome another wonderful weekend.