Episode 1 of Game of Intestine

The series Game of Thrones just got over! The last season might have been disappointing but I found that Game of Thrones helps me better understand our microbiota. As a fan of GoT and the microbiota I find similarities between the two. Thus, propose another series called Game of Intestine! No spoilers ahead!

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May 22, 2019
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In the intestine, bacteria are competing with each other to find their habit or the throne. This is an ongoing battle for power.

Certain parallelisms between the two exist. 

Let's start with the extremely long list of bacteria that live inside us and the number of characters in the series Game of Thrones. 

This is just a small glimpse of the characters playing this game! Evidently, both the lists are not complete.

Game of Intestine

Game of Thrones

Lactobacillus spp.

Bifidobacterium spp.

Clostridium spp.

Bacteroides spp.

Ruminococcus spp.

Faecalibacterium spp.

Pseudomonas spp.

Prevotella spp.

Streptococcus spp.

Enterobacter spp.

Enterococcus spp.

Peptostreptococcus spp.

Fusobacteria spp.

Lachnospira spp.

Roseburia spp.

Butyrivibrio spp.

Gemella spp.

Megasphaera spp.

Rothia spp.

Veillonella spp.

Porphyromonas spp.

Eubacterium spp.

Jon Snow

Arya Stark

Eddard "Ned" Stark

Robert Baratheon

Jaime Lannister

Catelyn Stark

Cersei Lannister

Daenerys Targaryen

Jorah Mormont

Viserys Targaryen

Sansa Stark

Robb Stark

Theon Greyjoy

Bran Stark

Joffrey Baratheon

Sandor "The Hound" Clegane

Tyrion Lannister

Khal Drogo

Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish

Davos Seaworth

Samwell Tarly

Stannis Baratheon

Another striking aspect of Game of Thrones is that people die all the time, a bit like our microbiota that changes with time.

A paper published by the lab of Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello in 2015, elegantly showed that Indian tribes of Amazon forest have a more diverse intestinal flora than the average American population. Inciting that the onset of agriculture and an occidental lifestyle has had adverse effects on the diversity of the population.

In the same line, so did the killing of Robert Baratheon which completely disturbed the Seven Kingdoms.

Figure courtesy HBO

I can find more similitude between the two of them.  

More episodes soon!

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Gayetri Ramachandran

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut Imagine

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Bin Liu 23 days ago

Fantastic