Farm microbes

1 Apr 2011


Children who grow up on farms are less likely to suffer from asthma than other rural children. A large-scale study now indicates that this may be due to differences in the spectrum of microbes the two groups are likely to encounter, suggesting that certain microorganisms may protect against the disease.

An international team of researchers including Dr. Markus Ege and Professor Erika von Mutius of Dr. von Hauner’s Children’s Hospital (University Hospitals, Munich) has just published an epidemiological study that confirms this finding. It shows that the lower susceptibility of farm children to asthma can largely be accounted for by the fact that they are exposed to a greater variety of microorganisms than other children living in the same regions.

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