The subject upon which I write today
Is worthy of a longer and more scholarly tome
But I don’t write for a respected medical journal
(And by objective standards this is barely a poem.)
I approach this matter with some trepidation
Light verse might not set the appropriate tone
But we can’t win the war against bacterial vaginosis
Without further study of the vaginal biome.
The headline that recently caught my eye
“Scientists Have Designed a Vagina on a Chip”
Lead me to read an article detailing recent advances
Researchers hope will reduce the itch and the drip.
Preterm birth and low birth weight are serious consequences
That could stem from bacterial vaginosis
So pay attention when, your OBGYN
Begs for better remedies to employ post diagnosis.
Gut biome researchers have been basking in the limelight
Big grant money gets bestowed from the mouth through the anus
This unfair distribution of research funding
Is an injustice that the “V-team” thinks should pain us.
Per Harvard bio-engineer, Dr. Don Ingber,
Who’s known for modeling human organs on stick-of-gum sized chips
The chip “...walks,talks, quacks like a human vagina”
(I suspect the Audubon Society should ban him from future field trips).
The vaginas of healthy humans contain 70% lactobacilli
A fact of greater import than just trivia fun
It means that animal studies aren’t all that useful
Since their lactobacilli percentages top out at one.
In summary, this is but one small step for Man
If I correctly understand the explanation they gave
But a giant leap for in vitro vaginal modeling
Debunking myths from previous spelunking, most peer reviewers rave.