Every person on earth has two genomes. The genome we inherit from our mom and dad is the one we are most familiar, and more or less stuck with for life. Our second genome, the one we initially acquire from mom as we pass through the birth canal, it is more dynamic and made up of trillions of bacteria that live on and in our body. Collectively known as our microbiome (our microbes and their genes). The evolutionary and ecological forces that are thought to have shaped our microbiome are governed not only by host genetics, but are profoundly conditioned by diet and lifestyle.
A recent study by researchers from the University of Minnesota provides evidence that the gut bacteria—or "microbiome"—of Asian populations, specifically Hmong and Karen communities, is radically altered for the worse upon migrating to the United States. They speculate with these findings that other immigrant populations in the U.S. are also suffering from similar disruptions to the... Read more
You’ve likely heard some of the recent buzz around edible insects. But most Americans still think of insects primarily as pests, vectors of disease, or perhaps pollinators.
For billions of people across the globe, however, insects are also an important part of the diet. While the idea of eating insects—termed entomophagy—may seem peculiar in the West, it has been practiced by humans thr... Read more