Our microbiomes — the trillions of micro-organisms that live in, on and around us — are vital to our health. They program our immune systems from the moment we're born, and they affect every system in our bodies for the rest of our lives. But so far, much of the focus has been on our gut microbiomes, and the connection between our brains and our guts.
But what about the microbiomes in other parts of our bodies? How do they behave differently from our gut microbiomes, and what impacts do they have on our health? We're talking to Dr. Laura Sycuro, a professor in UCalgary's Cumming School of Medicine, about studying the microbes that live with us in places we often don't want to talk about.