What do research, media have to say about microbiome health?

Man or Mircrobe

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.

Think that only things like the national debt reaches a figure in the trillions? Well, the microbiome fits this bill, too – and then some. These cells can be found all over your body, ranging from the armpit to the belly button to the oral cavity. The largest microbial community resides in the gastrointestinal tract – you may have heard it referenced as “the microbiome,” “the microbiota” or “the microflora.”

Although microbes have long been associated with infection and disease, the microbiome also contributes to positive health effects. Research has shown that the microbiome contributes to human health by aiding in digestion, providing energy and nutrients, outcompeting harmful bacteria and training the immune system. On the flipside, altered microbiome profiles have been associated with obesity, inflammatory bowel conditions, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and we are only just beginning to understand these associations.

You may have heard or read about studies “linking” low-calorie sweeteners and negative alterations to the microbiome. Media stories on such complex topics don’t always do the best job of explaining the design, results and limitations of scientific studies. They tell and sell a story based on one study, often devoting little time to the wealth of accepted literature that may say otherwise. The overwhelming majority of media stories about the role of low-calorie sweeteners on the microbiome point to scientific studies performed in animal models, rather than clinical trials (the gold standard).

Read full, original post: 3 Truths and a Lie About the Microbiome

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

As Europe sees record coronavirus cases and deaths, Slovakia is testing its entire adult population. WSJ's Drew Hinshaw explains how ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend