Microbes in the womb used to be considered evidence of a dangerous infection. Now, some scientists believe that microbes in the womb may be a normal, and even beneficial, part of fetal development. Other researchers condemn these findings as “sloppy science.” Science journalist Cassandra Willyard takes readers through the ins and outs of this controversy in a clear and engaging manner. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone seeking a new perspective on the importance of the microscopic world.
In this summary, you will learn
- How some researchers believe that babies may be exposed to bacteria while they are still in the womb,
- Why other researchers still believe the womb is a sterile environment and
- Why research on the fetal microbiome is important.
About the Author
Cassandra Willyard is a science journalist whose work has appeared in Discover, Popular Science, and Scientific American. She has an MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University.