The Human Microbiome and Public Health: Social and Ethical Considerations.

  title={The Human Microbiome and Public Health: Social and Ethical Considerations.},
  author={Kieran C O'Doherty and Alice K. Hawkins Virani and Elizabeth S Wilcox},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={106 3},
Rapid advances in human microbiome research point to an increasing range of health outcomes related to the composition of an individual's microbiome. To date, much research has focused on individual health, with a paucity of attention to public health implications. This is a critical oversight owing to the potentially shared nature of the human microbiome across communities and vertical and horizontal mechanisms for transferring microbiomes among humans. We explored some key ethical and social… CONTINUE READING
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