Just like the jungle or the ocean, there is a hierarchy, a food chain, a circle of life. Just hope that the predators don't take over!
According to a March 2019 New York Times article highlighting some of the challenges faced by the nation's primary provider of donated fecal transplant "material," nonprofit OpenBiome in Cambridge, MA, "embraces its mission with gravitas and humor"...just like halfhuman.org! It also notes that employee birthday cakes invariably come in one flavor: chocolate.
Yep...even your microbiome is shared with your family!
Nothing inspires patriotic state pride more than rising to the playing of its anthem, saluting its flag, and honoring its...uhh...state germ? While most think of microbes as being instigators of disease, all of us educated folk here at half human.org of course know better! Streptomyces, a bacteria that has actually saved millions of lives, is actually being promoted as the new state microbe of New Jersey.
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At least HALF of me is seventeen years old today (please excuse the microbiome humor!)
Truth is, I saw this cake on the internet and just had to find a reason to post it. :)
A recent study from Columbia University sheds light on changes in the human microbiome over time by comparison to those of wild gorillas and chimpanzees. While not necessarily a conclusion of the study, it is interesting to compare the sad decreasing diversity that is occurring by the dwindling populations of these creatures (whether by way of hunting, diminishing habitats, or Ebola virus) with the decreasing diversity that is apparently occurring with the creatures in our guts over time due to our diets shifting to animal protein and fat.