Microbiome research has made similar promises as genomic research — the potential ability to cure chronic diseases and more — but Rob Knight from the University of California, San Diego, and the American Gut Project writes in Scientific American that microbiome research may be better poised to deliver. People's microbiomes, after all, are easier to change than their genomes.

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