Here’s the poop on getting your gut microbiome analyzed

By Science News Staff, 14:56 PM June 17, 2014

Guest post by Tina Hesman Saey

I donated my used toilet paper to science. The act wasn’t a prank or a weird protest; it was an effort to discover what microbes are living in my intestines.

Those microbes in and on your body include bacteria, which outnumber your own cells 10 to 1. Together with with fungi, archea, viruses and other single-celled organisms, they are known collectively as the microbiome, and affect our health in myriad ways, both good and bad.  As a result, microbiome research ha...

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