How are mathematics and systems approaches shedding light on gut formation and microbial interaction?
The heart holds a special place in human history and literature, and the brain may be the organ we most associate with a sense of self. But the proverbial seat of wisdom—the gut—deserves reverence, too.
It is an architectural wonder buzzing with activity. A 20- to 40-foot tube with many tight bends and folds, the gut houses trillions of bacteria working in cahoots with our own cells to extract energy from food and maintain health.