Human microbiome myths and misconceptions

Hoyles, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-6418-342X and Walker, A., 2023. Human microbiome myths and misconceptions. Nature Microbiology, 8, pp. 1392-1396. ISSN 2058-5276

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Over the past two decades, interest in human microbiome research has increased exponentially. However, this increased activity has brought with it a degree of hype and misinformation, which can undermine progress and public confidence in the research. Here, we highlight selected human microbiome myths and misconceptions that lack a solid evidence base. By presenting these examples, we hope to draw increased attention to the implications of inaccurate dogma becoming embedded in the literature, and the importance of acknowledging nuance when describing the complex human microbiome.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Nature Microbiology
Creators: Hoyles, L. and Walker, A.
Publisher: Nature Research
Date: August 2023
Volume: 8
ISSN: 2058-5276
Rights: This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use (, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at:
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 22 Jun 2023 07:48
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2024 03:00

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