DIRECTOR’S BLOG POSTING: MICROBES AND MENTAL ILLNESS

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Hints that some mental illness may be linked to infectious agents and/or autoimmune processes date back to at least the early 20th Century. In the 21st Century, the field of microbiomics, which is mapping the microbial environment of the human organism, may transform the way we think about human physical and mental development. It is already clear that 90% of “our DNA” is microbial, not human. “We” are, in fact, “super-organisms” made up of thousands of species, many of which are being identified for the first time. And there are persistent individual differences in our microbial ecology established early in life.

Thomas Insel, M.D.
NIMH Director
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/index.shtml#p98381

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