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Gut bacteria could predict asthma in kids




Sarah C. P. Williams






September 30, 2015 on Science




After reading the article, please answer the following questions. Note that each question is worth three points. To earn full credit you need to write your answers in complete sentences. Upload the completed assignment to CampusWeb by the due date.






  1. In five sentences, summarize the article.

  2. What is the ‘microbiome’?

  3. What bodily fluids/products were used for the study by Finlay and colleagues?

  4. Which 4 bacterial species seems to play a role in the development of asthma in babies?

  5. What happened when Finlay’s group added the ‘four missing microbes’ to the guts of mice? (Hint: How did it correlate with the risk of asthma?)