UW Researchers Testing Practice to Apply Microbiome
The research that cataloged human bacteria concluded in 1999. It was inspired by the human genome project. The participants spanned worlds best and brightest Universities, hospitals, and research groups who formed a collaborative working group and stored their data in a common database. It was the first of it’s kind. Out of that research an entirely new approach to treating disease has sprung. The practice of functional medicine which focuses on finding the root cause and addressing health issues by supporting the body to return to balance. Main stream medicine is always slow to adopt new ideas and once adopted it can take decades to make its way into everyday protocols. That said, it is extremely interesting to me that UW Medicine is doing testing to add skin microbiome to treat common ailments like acne.