Many trillions of microbes—too small to be seen by the naked eye—live in our guts and elsewhere on our bodies. These microbes contribute to health by helping with digestion, guiding growth of our immune systems, and shouldering out invading pathogens. People differ greatly in the composition of their microbiota, influencing us each in unique ways. The human microbiota has been reported to influence risk of heart disease, cancer, autism, obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, and many other disorders.
The PennCHOP Microbiome Program promotes research in this exciting area, and offers opportunities for public participation through philanthropy. You can be part of this effort!
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