When University of Oklahoma Scientists Aren't Studying Tornadoes, They are Studying...

...fecal bacteria and its possible connection to obesity. Turns out that modern antibiotics may have caused unfavorable changes in our digestive systems. The thinking is that by injecting bacteria from King Tut's era into our guts, it would repopulate our systems in a manner that lessens the chances of obesity. Details here.

Now scientists from the University of Oklahoma have proposed an unexpected solution: Why not replenish our gut flora using fecal bacteria from ancient mummies as a guide?

Of course, storm chasing was invented at OU. Given the choice between going on a storm chase or getting King Tut's bacteria injected into my gut. I believe I'd prefer the former. While you make up your mind, you can learn more about King Tut and his history from Steve Martin.


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