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2.1 Homesteading (4)

Our first inoculation (whether with vaginal or skin microbes) initially operates based on fermentative abilities of the colonizing microbes, setting up a micro-biont social class system that is important for the health of our holobionts. First facultative microbes move in; then obligate anaerobes[1] slide into the functional niches made as the oxygen gets all used … Continue reading

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2.1 Homesteading (3)

We talked briefly that certain studies postulate that the current human-microbe relationship began with the dawn of agriculture when humans began to actively shape and structure their external ecosystem[i]. So a relationship began that has continued for thousands of years: we are born, inoculated, and select[1] for the microbes that will make our human holobiont … Continue reading

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2.0 THIS SHIT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE (2)

With constant mucus flow, changing nutrient availability, and other ecosystem stressors, our internal bionts have to quickly respond to constant flux. Microbes thrive in the gut in part because they are communal organisms. In the initial colonization of the intestines, intrepid microbes looked out on the turbulent yet nutrient-rich landscape and declared it good.  They … Continue reading