Gut check: Human intestines function like a second brain

January 24, 2012

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Scientists say the intestines are like a second brain.

In the latest episode of Clever Apes, WBEZ health and science reporter Gabriel Spitzer explained how the gut is like another brain. It may play a central role in human health, affecting everything from brain disease to obesity to cancer.

Listen to Clever Apes to hear the connections.

And, Spitzer explains how the human gut is its own complex and complicated world.