Last week I read this Michael Specter piece about research into the human microbiome — how we interact with the more than 10,000 species of bacterial species that inhabit our bodies and weigh up to three pounds. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It’s beautifully written and explained, but it also raises pretty profound questions about how our bodies actually work, and how a lot of the conventional wisdom about disease, infection and antibiotics may be profoundly wrong-headed.
Oh, and my nine-year-old son thinks poop transplants are hilarious. So there’s that too.