Measuring the Microbiome
Untangling the complex web of relationships between humans and the trillions of microbes who share our bodies is a daunting task, but novel application of modern analytical techniques at least gives us a chance.
Liam Heaney |
The symbiotic relationship between humans and microbes is important for maintaining good health. And according to mounting evidence, dysfunctional relationships could increase susceptibility to disease (1). Here, I will use the example of trimethylamine [N-oxide] (TMA[O]), a molecule mediated through metabolism of dietary components by gut microbes, to illustrate the complexity of the microbiome.
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