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Diseases resulting from the dysfunction of the immune system, including autoimmune and atopic diseases, have become one of the most common types in developed countries with rates increasing yearly. Studies have shown that the increase in the prevalence of these diseases parallels the decrease of infectious diseases. In order to understand this more, we look to the human microbiota for answers. The aim of this paper is to review the relationship between humans and microbes and discuss the impact of the microbiota on human physiology. Results suggested that for the developing countries of Montserrat and Saint Lucia, the older a participant was when entering school, the more likely they were to have an autoimmune disease, while the younger the participant was when entering school, the less likely they were to have an autoimmune disease.
Weekes, Jenalyn, "Keep Your Friends Close and Your Microbes Closer" (2022). Senior Theses. 1598.
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