We are told time and again that probiotics are good bacteria for our guts—but why? What makes certain bacteria “good” or “bad”? And does taking a daily dose of probiotics really help us? Associate Professor Will DePaolo, director of the University of Washington’s new Center for Microbiome Sciences and Therapeutics (CMiST), will break down the science behind these live micro-organisms, which have received much attention in the recent years from researchers, manufacturers, and the wider public. DePaolo’s talk will focus on the importance of recognizing that everyone’s microbiome (the bacteria that live inside and on our bodies) is different, debunking the widespread idea that every probiotic is good for every person, condition, or disease.
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