I got to ask Astronaut Scott Kelly of the International Space Station a question about microbiomes!
I honestly don’t know how we expect to survive in space if we are never exposed to the all of the complicated microbial environments we encounter every single day. We owe our healthy immune systems to well-balanced microbiomes gained from the food we eat and the places we go, and all of the people and plants and environments we encounter along the way.
So what if we attempt to remove ourselves from the natural world and into an area without dirt to play in as children, trees to climb, dogs to lick our faces? Do you have any thoughts?