Just a quick post here on an NPR story that caught my attention “Giving Chickens Bacteria … To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free”. Unlike with humans where determining the effect of probiotics is complicated by a lot of variation in the population (genetic, cultural, diet, etc.), with a whole bunch of chickens it’s easier to measure the effects. And, according to this story, they do have a beneficial effect and can significantly reduce antibiotic usuage by the farmer which is pretty much a win for everybody. Would love to see more of this kind of work… as well as some hard data.