When Eric Alm got food poisoning from eating French toast at a restaurant three years ago, he was ecstatic. The MIT scientist was midway through a year-long study of the communities of microbes that live in his gut, and the food poisoning offered an unexpected chance to analyze some fascinating, if unpleasant, output. Alm is among a small but growing cadre of scientists using faster and cheaper technologies to monitor aspects of their own behavior and biology in unprecedented detail.
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