Congratz to Christy Harrison for this very nice summary!

It may be possible to recover some of the microbial taxa that have gone missing from the Western gut microbiota. Groups such as the Global Microbiome Conservancy are actively seeking to sample, study and save the organisms that we are losing from around the world in an active ‘seed bank.’ Their work gathers samples from diverse and underrepresented populations from more than 30 countries worldwide, including those from ancestral ways of life such as hunter-gatherer populations. With their dedication, and a bit of luck, we may be able to both understand and preserve the ancestral microorganisms that provide benefits to human health.”