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Defining the American Gut

Defining the American Gut

Jeff Leach is the founder of the Human Food Project, a study attempting to understand modern disease by analyzing human ecology at different time scales. His most recent endeavor is the American Gut Project which attempts to characterize the modern American gut. Leach spoke to NBJ from Australia.

nbj: What brought you to this topic?
Jeff Leach: I’m an archaeologist by background, but one of the things I’ve always been interested in is, from an evolutionary perspective, what did our ancestors eat? How did that change over time? About six or seven years ago, just like everybody else, I got interested in the gut, the microbiome. I started to look into the microbiome mainly because my daughter was diagnosed as Type 1 diabetic.


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