Harnessing Gut Bacteria For Human Health

Bugs as Drugs: Harnessing Novel Gut Bacteria for Human Health

03/05/2016 10:33 GMT  Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have grown and catalogued more than 130 bacteria from the human intestine.

Imbalances in our gut microbiome can contribute to complex conditions and diseases such as obesity, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and allergies.

Published in Nature, this research will enable scientists to understand how our bacterial ‘microbiome’ helps keep us healthy and start to create tailor-made treatments with specific beneficial bacteria.

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Full bibliographic information

Hilary P. Browne et al. (2016). Culturing of ‘unculturable’ human microbiota reveals novel taxa and extensive sporulation. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature17645

 

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