Examination of the Protective Effect of Pet Ownership on Asthma Development Through Bacterial Community Analysis of Household Dust and Infant Stool

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Investigator: Susan Lynch, PhD
Sponsor: Henry Ford Health System

Location(s): United States

Description

Pet-ownership, which has been shown to be protective against allergic disease development, is associated with increased house dust bacterial diversity and fewer fungal species, suggesting a potentially microbial-based mechanism for this protective effect.