http://www.hmpdacc.org Human Microbiome Project
http://labs.medmicro.wisc.edu/mcfall-ngai/ Lab of Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/opinion/sunday/there-is-no-healthy-microbiome.html The microbiome as ecosystem
|The hottest area in longevity study today is the microbiome and its uses in maintaining our metabolism, immune system, sleep cycles and even our mental and emotional health.
To take one example, the gardener’s feeling of “wondrous life,” to quote poet Andrew Marvell, has hard science to back it. The soil microbe mycobacterium vaccae stimulates the natural anti-depressant serotonin, improves cognitive function, and reduces inflammation. The effects of microbes on our health includes the evidence for the "hygiene hypothesis"-- that higher exposure to microbes helps protect us from depression, allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders.
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