Evidence Discovered of Gut’s Influence on Health
Researchers at Oregon State University have made an important advance in understanding the roles that gut bacteria play in human health, learning the mechanisms by which gut microbes affect the health of their hosts.
The research opens the door to the development of better, more personalized diagnostic methods and therapies.
The researchers said: “In our study, we looked at how gut microbiome protein family richness, composition and dispersion relate to disease.”
They added that their long-term goal is for doctors to be able to use information derived from metagenomics to diagnose diseases “more specifically, more quickly and less invasively.”
“Future research can leverage this new knowledge to test microbiome functions against the presence and severity of various diseases,” they concluded.
The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation supported this research, which included scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California, San Francisco, and Gladstone Institutes.
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