This article is about a huge discovery that flipped biology upside down. This discovery changed what many people know the human body to be. This new discovery shows that in the human body the ratio from bacteria to cells is 10:1. "A healthy adult human harbors some 100 trillion bacteria in his gut alone." Scientists have discovered that these bacteria have surprising effects on obesity, malnutrition, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, autism, and many other diseases. This is related to both obesity and malnutrition because of the kind of bacteria you have. Having bad bacteria can lead to both of these things. He shows this by testing his theories on twins. When feeding them equal nutrition 50% of the time 1 twin would be well nourished and the other would be malnourished. By altering the bacteria inside a person scientists can now fix malnutrition. Dr. Nicholson discovered that high blood pressure is also related to this new view on science. The formic acid in the gut microbes causes high salt absorption in the kidneys leading to high blood pressure. So once again by altering bacteria scientists may be able to fix this. By using this same strategy many new problems may also be fixed.
I think this article is very important to society because of all the new views on human health. I think that this will help cure many diseases in people and make the world a better place. I chose this article because I was very interested about how knowing that we have so much bacteria would affect our society.
I really think what scientists are working on now is phenomenal. I think that these scientists have changed biology forever and have ventured even further into a new realm in medical science. I think the article was very well written and the author stated all ideas clearly. I enjoyed reading about how this would affect our society today and in the future to come. Overall I thought it was a well written, interesting article that will change our world forever.