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What happens to your microbiome through life?

We now understand that we have a community of microorganisms in our gut, which play
important roles throughout the body. But how do they get there?
Microbiota changes during life
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We now understand that we have a community of microorganisms in our gut, which play important roles throughout the body. But how do they get there?

Are we born with gut bacteria, or do they develop even earlier in utero?

Similar to other aspects of childhood development, do early life and childhood exposures shape the composition of microbes, and then is it set during adulthood?

Are there factors that can influence the gut microbiota in adults and as we get older?

The next series of articles will delve into the gut microbiota at different stages of life, and the many factors that play a role in shaping its composition (and subsequent function).

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