Early exposure to germs may lead to later health in mammals

03/25/2012 | The-Scientist.com

Mammals exposed to germs and microbes early in life may develop stronger immune systems and be less likely to develop specific illnesses including asthma and ulcerative colitis, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School. The scientists studied groups of germ-free and normal lab mice and found the germ-free group much more susceptible to the two diseases.

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