Seriously? Scientists look to mummies for obesity cure. I mean – yes – I do think it is possible that antibiotic use has screwed up the human microbiome across the planet and that might have led to other problems. But for 3$&#$# sake there are 1,000,000 plus other things that have changed since the time of the mummies from diet, to pollution, to longevity, to urbanization, to sedentariness, to TV, to … well … almost everything. So – sure – the microbiome in “the ancients” might be different (I don’t see a paper here). But the headlong “look for mummies for obesity cure” is pretty darn misleading. And thus I am giving MSN one of my coveted “Overselling the microbiome” awards.
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