Using the Gut Microbiome to Improve Health

Published Online, LA Times


Scientists analyzing the gut microbiome have found groups of bacteria that are either abundant or nearly absent – a finding that could aid in coming up with ways to intervene to improve a person’s health. Though there is gradual variation in the abundance of much of gut bacteria, the scientists said in this week’s issue of the journal Nature Communications, specific bacterial groups exist in stable configurations that are associated with a person’s physiology and health.

The findings, they wrote, “will be instrumental in providing insight on the variation, regulation and health implications of the intestinal microbiota.”

And targeting specific parts of the microbiome should people, said the study authors, led by Leo Lahti of the University of Helsinki in Finland.


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