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The holobiont

Are we a mammal-microbial collective? Should we think of our interaction with our resident microbes as a harmonious, mutually helpful partnership, or a relationship gone sour?  In this podcast, I will lay out my case for why I think the (mutualistic) holobiont concept is often wrong headed and misleading. Here […]

Amish Asthma

This week a study by Stein and colleagues was published in the New England Journal of Medicine featuring differences in asthma risk between genetically similar Amish and Hutterite children living in the US. The main difference between these two farming groups is their exposure to farm animals. Amish have single […]