What's Healthy?

Because the microbiome is so changeable, it's an attractive focus for interventions to improve health. While Ed Yong writes in an op-ed at the New York Times that altering the gut microbiome to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infections has been highly successful, trying to determine whether more subtle changes to the microbiome are something to be treated may be more difficult.

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