The gut microbiome dominates the headlines, but it’s not the only collection of tiny organisms that live inside you and affect your health. The oral microbiome — which populates the mouth and connects with the sinuses, larynx, trachea and lungs — harbors more than 700 species of bacteria.

How do those bacteria get there, what do they do, and why should you be glad they mostly survived COVID-19? Abigail Armstrong, a postdoctoral researcher at the Rutgers Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, explains some findings from her team’s new paper in eBioMedicine. To read the full story.