The microbes that live with us from cradle to grave

The microbes that live with us from cradle to grave



Inside your body there are trillions of microscopic organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea - collectively known as the microbiota. Over the past decade, we’ve learnt that these communities help to shape our physiology and contribute to our wellbeing. But there are still many questions: When do we acquire our first microbes? How does our microbiota change throughout our lives and how do these changes differ between people or contribute to disease?

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