By Peter Andrey Smith – The New York Times Magazine, June 23, 2015

 Illustration by Andrew Rae
Illustration by Andrew Rae

“Eighteen vials were rocking back and forth on a squeaky mechanical device the shape of a butcher scale, and Mark Lyte was beside himself with excitement. ‘‘We actually got some fresh yesterday—freshly frozen,’’ Lyte said to a lab technician. Each vial contained a tiny nugget of monkey feces that were collected…the day before and shipped to Lyte’s lab on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus…

…Lyte’s interest was not in the feces per se but in the hidden form of life they harbor.” 

Read more about how the trillions of microbes in our intestines can tell us far more than we think. And learn how anxiety, depression and pediatric disorders like autism and hyperactivity may be linked with gastrointestinal abnormalities.

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