In most cases, when someone mentions the microbiome, they are referring to the bacteria in the gut.
However, bacteria cover every inch of us, both inside and out, and the term “microbiome” refers to all of our microbial passengers.
The bacteria in our respiratory system are currently receiving increased attention. Some of them, scientists believe, may be able to protect us from disease.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor investigates the potential for manipulating these bacterial populations to reduce disease risk.