New research sheds light on how chemicals found in the home change the flora of the gut microbiome, providing new directions for future study. Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) are rife in the home – for example, phthalates are common in items such as shampoo, plastic clothing and detergents; per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are common in items such as non-stick cooking utensils, cleaning products and water-repellent fabrics. This is not a comprehensive list but exemplifies how daily exposure to these chemicals is almost unavoidable. SVOCs have been measured in biological samples across the globe, raising the question of whether they...
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