Microbiome symposium explores communities inside us

While they are much smaller than our own cells, bacteria and other microbes in our bodies outnumber human cells by an estimate of ten to one.

The complexity of the diverse microbial communities that live within the human body is being revealed by an explosion of research interest, facilitated by next-generation sequencing technology.

The human microbiome is thought to influence not only digestive health, but also metabolic and autoimmune diseases and possibly psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Beyond the human body, the microbiome is thought to be so fundamental to health and ecology that an international consortium of scientists has recently called for a global microbiome initiative. 

Researchers interested in the human microbiome held Emory’s first symposium devoted to the topic on November 5, 2015. The conference organizer was Jennifer Mulle, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health and a faculty member in the GMB program.

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