Microbial Inheritance from the womb

In a brief departure from microbial inheritance in plants, I would like to highlight a New York Times article reporting on new scientific observations about microbial inheritance in people. The article, entitled Human Microbiome May Be Seeded Before Birth discusses the mounting evidence that babies are not born sterile – rather they receive their first, diverse, microbial inoculum in the womb, from their mother. This comes at a time when we are beginning to appreciate the importance of mother-infant microbial transmission in determining the child’s health, discussed here, in a recent NY Times article from Michael Pollan.

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