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The ability of the gut and skin microbiome to influence human biology represents an open frontier. Links have been found between microbiomes and conditions as diverse as eczema, cancer, metabolic disorders and Parkinson’s disease. Federation Bio, which was co-founded by Michael Fischbach of Stanford University, is pursuing two approaches that take advantage of expanding knowledge of the gut and skin microbiome to develop live biotherapeutic products that combat secondary hyperoxaluria and cancer.