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Worth a look: Are Pets the New Probiotic? in the NY Times

There is a news story of interest from a few weeks ago in the NY Times:

Are Pets the New Probiotic? – The New York Times

It discusses the concept and some of the research on how animals and their microbiomes could in some cases play a role in shaping the human immune system and human microbiomes. The article also discusses some built environment studies such as the Wildlife of Your Homes project and others. The article does not take quite enough of a skeptical point of view for me but it does present some caveats (e.g., that pets can also be carriers of pathogens). But it is worth a look.

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David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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