The word “microbiomania” describes the growing interest and excitement surrounding the study of the microbiome. The word reflects the increasing awareness that the trillions of microorganisms inhabiting our bodies play important roles in maintaining our health and well-being. There is a degree of fascination and enthusiasm suggested, among researchers and the general public alike, toward learning more about this complex and hitherto relatively unexplored area of science.

The term “microbiomania” was reportedly coined by Professor Jonathan Eisen, microbiologist at the University of California, to describe the “hype” surrounding emerging research on the micriobiome and beneficial bacteria.