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What does a healthy human gut virome look like? Study shows that we have no idea

There’s a lot that scientists don’t know about the gut microbiota, and when it comes to the viruses present there ...
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Does our gut bacteria alter the effectiveness of drug treatments?

Prescribing the best medication may require going with a patient’s gut — or at least, the bacteria that live there ...
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Gut bacteria transfers could help relieve autism symptoms, research shows

What causes ASD has baffled psychiatrists and neurologists since the syndrome was first described, in the mid-20th century, by Hans Asperger and ...
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Gut bacteria from thin people fails to help obese people lose weight in study

Changing your gut microbes may not help you lose belly fat. In a preliminary study, obese people got either capsules ...
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‘Evolution in action’: How did this common gut bacteria turn lethal?

For three decades, the deadly bacteria sat in cold storage. Normally, Enterococcus faecalis lives harmlessly in the human gut. One particular strain, ...
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Key to fecal transplants could revolve around ‘recipe and preparation’

Fecal transplants are slowly becoming a more effective, and more palatable option for various gut disorders, such as IBS or ...
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Is depression affected by bacteria in the gut?

The human microbiome—a collection of bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses commingling in the gut and intestines—has been linked to a ...
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What you eat as an infant shapes your gut microbiome for years

As soon as we are born, the collection of bacteria that colonize and collaborate with our digestive system starts to ...
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Key to treating autism could be hiding in the gut

Autism affects people’s social behaviour and communication, and may impair their ability to learn things. All this is well known. Less ...
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Why probiotics may or may not help you—and could even harm you

From pickles and candy bars to pills and protein powders, probiotics are touted as a health boon in all flavors ...
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Using engineered gut bacteria to fight genetic disease

A Boston-based synthetic biology company is taking a novel approach to treating the rare genetic metabolic disorder Phenylketonuria. Synlogic uses ...
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Gut microbes could be the key to universal blood

Blood transfusions must match the blood type of a donor to that of the recipient; otherwise, the recipient’s immune system ...
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Why microbiome tests may be promising more than they can deliver

Microbiome testing companies have become a thing, offering consumers a chance to see a snapshot of the billions of microbes ...