Commensal Bacteria

June 18, 2007

fingernails2.jpgCommensal Bacteria

New manipulations to the human body and changes in bahaviour are designed to develop commensal relationships with bacteria and other microbes, as we have co-evolved with, to enrich the gut microbiota.

Here fingernail growth is engineered to increase the surface area where bacteria can thrive. With our changing relationship with bacteria, the habit of biting nails is encouraged as a means of consumption. Teamed with very specific micro-environments this is a desirable way of consuming dirt and particularly the bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae, to boost health and well-being.

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