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Microbiome Rebirth Incubator


François-Joseph Lapointe and Marianne Cloutier

Performance Video


4K video

(5.25 min)



Our bodies contain a huge array of microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, known together as the microbiome. The transfer of microbes from mother to newborn is understood to kick-start the development of microbiome in babies, establishing immunity and other essential organ functions. Babies born by caesarean section do not come into contact with this important mix of microbes. Microbiome Rebirth Incubator, a performance and installation, proposes a process for enhancing the microbiome of babies delivered by C-section, by seeding them with a bacterial cocktail gathered from the mother’s breast milk and vaginal microbes

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