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.
Abbasi J. For Health Disparities, Don’t Ignore the Microbiome. JAMA. 2017;317(8):797. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0447