The latest trend in “natural” birthing involves wiping a mother’s vaginal fluid on a baby born by C-section, hoping to expose him to beneficial bacteria that could help build his immune system. But OB-GYNs say vaginal seeding could potentially transfer viral infections to a baby.
New research is spurring exciting developments in the microbiome, the trillions of bacteria that make up communities living in our bodies. Scientists are exploring how being aware of imbalances in these bacteria could lead to new diagnoses and treatments. All this could have a positive impact on people’s health.
The microbiome — the genome of the bacteria that lives on and in your body — offers clues on why and how disease starts and spreads.