The 12 myths and legends of the microbiota that Science disproves

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All the mysteries of the organism pass through flora and fauna of our intestinal system. Or not. The truth is that for any pathology there is always evidence in the microbiome. And the time has come when scientists have said that not everything is so and that “if we constantly repeat falsehoods about minor details, can our accuracy be trusted when we cover more important matters?”

This is how emphatic Alan Walker and Lesley Hoyles show themselves in an article by Perspective in Nature Microbiology. In the same they have dissected the explosion of recent research on the human microbiome and have brought to the table inaccuracies that lack a solid evidence base.

From all this analysis summarized 12 persistent or emerging myths and misconceptions where they describe their factual inaccuracies. This surge in interest has also generated hype and entrenched some misconceptions. Statements on this subject can be repeated to be considered fact, without strong supporting evidence and with ambiguity regarding the original source.

Walker and Hoyles, researchers from the Universities of Aberdeen and Nottingham, say that demystifying and correcting misconceptions, even if they are relatively minor, is important to avoid unproductive research projectsencourage critical thinking, and preserve public confidence in microbiome science.

1. New field. Although the most prosperous advances date from 15 years ago, the first investigations on microorganisms associated with humans occurred more than a hundred years ago. The bacteria Escherichia coli It was described as early as 1885.

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