Lungs Have Their Own Microbiome

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A microbiome is a collection of microorganisms in the human body that benefits us in different ways. In the lungs, a healthy microbiome is important in maintaining lung health because it teaches the immune system how to respond to harmful microorganisms. Recent research shows that the lung microbiome is also an important indicator of the survival rate for bone marrow transplants in children; those with depleted microbiomes are less likely to survive the procedure because of life-threatening infections caused by a poorly functioning immune system. Read full article here

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