The US Institute of Medicine has released a summary of a workshop it hosted in February to discuss the role of the microbiome in human health.

According to the report, workshop participants agreed that the microbiome is "integral to human physiology, health, and disease" and is "arguably the most intimate connection that humans have with their external environment, mostly through diet."

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