‘Mutant Messages’ from the Microbiome

I remember reading a book many years ago called ‘Mutant Messages from Down Under’ (1). What made an impression on me was what I felt represented a wake-up call to the reader; this was to let go of materialism and embrace the messages of nature. It concerned an American reporter who set out to walk into the Australian Outback with the indigenous natives of that land. She was soon led to let go of the abundant accoutrements of modern life, which she had felt compelled to bring along. This was carried out in a ritual fire assembled under the silent and watchful gaze of the elders – the first of the ‘mutant messages’ she was to receive on her chosen adventure. This story influenced me to name th




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