Have causal claims about the gut microbiome been over-hyped?

Pierrick Bourrat*

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Microbiome research attributes to whole microbiomes a causal role in the occurrence of different health outcomes. I argue, following some distinctions about causal relationships and explanations made within a philosophical account of causation, the “interventionist account,” that such claims need more scrutiny.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1800178
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
Issue number12
Early online date29 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • causality
  • intervention
  • microbiome

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