June 16, 2012
In a research project entitled the Human Microbiome Project (much akin to the Human Genome Project of great relevance), researchers show that bacteria and microbial bodies are actually much more beneficial than they will ever be detrimental.
Not only do bacteria keep people alive
and healthful by helping to strengthen the immune system, but they
also explain in a broad sense why people are so different when it
comes to vaccinations and diseases.
The project analyzed the genetic
material of bacteria from around 250 healthy people; the results
came as a bit of a surprise, finding as many as a thousand different
strains per person, and that many of even the disease carrying
bacteria coexist normally with millions of other bacteria.
The research was released last
Wednesday, and promises great change coming to the research playing
Allegedly, when bacteria and microbes were actually studied, they were done so in a largely unnatural environment, leaving the bacteria to act differently than they would under normative circumstances.
The research has only recently reached
prominence, with new methods and techniques to sustain the study of
If you are a bacteriaphobe
keeping things around you almost constantly disinfected, you may
very well be
putting yourself at greater risk with all of
the harsh chemicals being used to maintain that