WELCOME TO THE MICROBIOME
The hot new area of brain research isn’t the brain itself, but the microbiome: the community of microbes in every body. Challenging notions of what part of the body does what, scientists now think microbes can have a profound effect on the brain, such as determining its susceptibility to Alzheimer’s, The New York Times reported.
If more microbes reach the brain than previously thought, and if they wield previously unimagined influence, a new generation of treatments could be near. But, researchers said, they don’t want to be accused of peddling pseudoscience to the sorts of people who buy probiotics without having any way of knowing what they do.