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How Pet-Human connections bridge the microbiome gap?

I recently came across an editorial in Nature that deeply resonated with me as both a pet lover and someone fascinated by the microbiome.


These were two pieces of content that caught my attention:


“Once anathema, it now seems that a ‘dirty’ environment can enrich a baby’s microbiome and lessen her or his likelihood of developing everything from obesity to asthma. Again, it seems that we can rely on man’s best friend to help us out.”


“The microbiome of a baby growing up without a dog (and of a puppy growing up without a human) is, in a sense, incomplete. All of the people alive today probably had ancestors who lived in tribes that hunted with dogs (…)”


I invite you to read the full editorial: https://rdcu.be/dc9bn


About the author  

Dr. Aline Santana is a Brazilian veterinarian with over 12 years of experience in both research and private dermatology practice. In 2021, she completed her PhD in veterinary dermatology at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), with a sandwich period at the University of Minnesota, where she conducted research on the skin microbiome of cats. Since 2012, she has been an active member of the Brazilian Society of Veterinary Dermatology (SBDV). From 2015 to 2021, Dr. Santana served as the director of social media marketing, contributing to the organization's outreach and communication efforts.

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