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Health Agencies Update
February 28, 2017

For Health Disparities, Don’t Ignore the Microbiome

JAMA. 2017;317(8):797. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0447

When considering health disparities among different groups, look to the microbiome as a factor, say researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health. In a recent perspective in Trends in Microbiology, authors from the NHGRI, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Perelman School of Medicine introduced a new “conceptual framework” for human health and disease that integrates the microbiome, the social and physical environment, and biological processes.

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