The bacteria building your baby: Exposure to influential bacteria begins before we are born, new evidence confirms

Australian researchers have laid to rest a longstanding controversy: is the womb sterile? They carefully collected amniotic fluid samples from 50 healthy women undergoing planned caesarean deliveries, and found that nearly all (36/43 viable samples)

Women’s gut microbiomes appear to mature earlier than men’s: Age also seems to be a factor, with younger guts more bacterially diverse (a good thing) than older ones

The human gut microbiome is a complex microbial ecosystem that plays an important role in our health. For example, these microbes — bacteria, viruses, fungi — help regulate metabolism, fend off infections, produce essential vitamins