In the following video, Fool contributor Maxx Chatsko discusses the recent investment by Johnson & Johnson into a tiny start-up called Second Genome. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, it is not believed to have been very significant. In monetary terms, anyway. Second Genome is actively pursuing links between the bacteria living in your gut -- the microbiome -- and autoimmune diseases such as ulcerative colitis. There is growing evidence suggesting the microbiome plays a big role in our overall health, so Big Pharma would be well served to follow Johnson & Johnson's lead.
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Add the microbiome to the list. Involved in everything from baby powder to biotech, Johnson & Johnson's critics are convinced that the company is spread way too thin. If you want to know if J&J is nothing but a bloated corporate whale -- or a well-diversified giant that's perfect for your portfolio -- check out The Fool's new premium report outlining the Johnson & Johnson story in terms that any investor can understand. Claim your copy by clicking here now.
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