The microbes that live with us from cradle to grave

Inside your body there are trillions of microscopic organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea – collectively known as the microbiota. Over the past decade, we’ve learnt that these communities help to shape our physiology and contribute to our wellbeing. But there are still many questions: When do we acquire our first microbes? How does our microbiota change throughout our lives and how do these changes differ between people or contribute to disease?

Alongside this animation we have published a series of essays about the human microbiota, which you can read here: https://www.nature.com/collections/bhciihjhei/timeline/

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18th June 2019

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