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The human microbiome: Why are microbes could be key to our health?

In this interview Nicola Davis, who writes about science, health and the environment for The Guardian and Observer and who was the editor in charge of Observer Tech Monthly exposes the true role of microbiota in people's health. In fact, he clarifies that the...

Microbial Genetic Composition Tunes Host Longevity

Homeostasis of the gut microbiota critically influences host health and aging. Developing genetically engineered probiotics holds great promise as a new therapeutic paradigm to promote healthy aging. Here, through screening 3,983 Escherichia coli mutants, we...

The Germ and the Gene

The gut microbiota, the ecosystem of bacteria that lives inside the human gastrointestinal tract, has been recently shown to release chemical signals that can make alterations to our genes.

The possible therapeutic role of the microbiota in Multiple Sclerosis

The gut microbiota regulates T cell functions throughout the body. We hypothesized that intestinal bacteria impact the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disorder of the CNS and thus analyzed the microbiomes of 71 MS patients not undergoing treatment and 71 healthy controls.

The healthy intestinal microbiota

The human gut microbiota has become the subject of extensive research in recent years and our knowledge of the resident species and their potential functional capacity is rapidly growing. Our gut harbours a complex community of over 100 trillion microbial cells which...

How should the studies with microbiota animals be?

Here and now the convincing evidence that many inflammatory diseases are precipitated, or at least exacerbated, by unfavourable interactions of the host with the resident microbiota. The role of gut microbiota in the genesis and progression of diseases such as...

New findings on the role of intestinal flora in colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancers comprise a complex mixture of malignant cells, nontransformed cells, and microorganisms. Fusobacterium nucleatum is among the most prevalent bacterial species in colorectal cancer tissues. Here we show that colonization of human colorectal cancers...

The microbiota is associated with the inflammation of aging

What if gut microbiota could help us age more healthily? A group of researchers from McMaster University (Canada) has confirmed previous observations that gut microbes change with age and can cause increased inflammation and premature death in mice. They report their...