Picture an entire ecosystem that’s more diverse and complex than a rain forest. Now, imagine it’s living under your nose, in your belly and all over your body. You’ve just envisioned your microbiome.
Our bodies are home to trillions of microbes, mostly bacteria, inside and out. Collectively, these bugs are called the human microbiome. Mayo researchers are finding it does more for us – both good and bad – than we ever imagined.
The Mayo Microbiome Program at the Center for Individualized Medicine has more than 30 projects underway. These projects seek a better understanding of the makeup of the microbiome and how it contributes to things like irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivity, colon cancer and more.
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Heidi Nelson, explains what's already known about the human microbiome and what researchers are still working to find out. Jeff Olsen reports.
Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1:10) is in the downloads. Read the script.