Conserving Cultures: Preserving Humanity’s Microbial Heritage
Check out this article Christopher H. Corzett, Ph.D. wrote for American Society for Microbiology (ASM)! Learn about his experience traveling with us and how we work to preserve human gut microbiome biodiversity before it’s too late.
“The microbiome is arguably one of the most exciting topics in science today. Yet despite remarkable progress, our current understanding of the human gut microbiome is fundamentally flawed: we’re not seeing the full picture. The vast majority of human microbiome studies have characterized a limited subset of populations and lifestyles; predominantly skewed towards subjects in the urban centers of industrialized nations. This remains true in spite of mounting evidence demonstrating that these very communities tend to have comparatively less microbial diversity than those elsewhere who are maintaining more traditional lifestyles.”