Biodiversity Loss Raises Allergy Levels: Study

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Loss of biodiversity could trigger rising allergy levels among millions of urban dwellers worldwide, which includes greater incidence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases, says a Finnish study.Emerging evidence indicates that commensal (harmless) microbes inhabiting the skin, airway, and gut protect against inflammatory disorders. However, little is known about the environmental determinants of the microbiome (totality of microbes).