To deliver precision therapeutics, microbiome-based medicine will require precision of language, logic and numerical accuracy. Epidemiological lessons of the past suggest that attempts to link almost everything in modern life with the microbiome as a risk factor for disease, without rapprochement with plausible mechanisms, will generate controversy rather than consensus.
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F.S. and C.H. are supported, in part, by research grants from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), including a centre grant (Number SFI/12/RC/227).
The authors declare no competing interests.
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Shanahan, F., Hill, C. Language, numeracy and logic in microbiome science. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 16, 387–388 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41575-019-0163-5
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