Volume 89 Issue 23 | pp. 36-37
Issue Date: June 6, 2011

Unraveling The Microbiome

Federal agencies struggle to understand how microbes alter chemical exposures
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: microbiome, EPA, risk assessment, FDA, NIH, DOD

Scientists are showing that exposure to chemicals can affect the composition and function of the human microbiome—the microorganisms and their genes living in and on the human body. New research also suggests that a person’s microbiome can influence metabolism and how that person responds to chemical exposures. The findings raise the question: Should microbial effects be considered in future chemical risk assessments? Federal agencies seem to think so, but so far they are unsure what . . .

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