Gastroenterology

Persistence pays off in the human gut microbiome

The human gut microbiome is a complex community of trillions of microbes that are constantly interacting with each other and our bodies. It supports our wellbeing, immune system and mental health—but how is it sustained?

Pediatrics

Piecing together the preterm infant microbiome

The human microbiome—the collection of microbes living in the gut—is now recognized as an important contributor to health and disease. The environment, the host, and microbe-microbe interactions are all likely to shape ...

Gastroenterology

How the gut microbiota develops in the first five years of life

The human gut microbiota largely reaches an adult-like composition by five years of age, but important differences remain, finds a study published on March 31st in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. Several bacterial taxa that ...

Gastroenterology

Of mice and men and their different tolerance to pathogens

Trillions of commensal microbes live on the mucosal and epidermal surfaces of the body and it is firmly established that this microbiome affects its host's tolerance and sensitivity of the host to a variety of pathogens. ...

Genetics

Blood type co-determines composition of the gut microbiome

For several years, scientists worldwide have been investigating the extent to which microorganisms living in and on the human body influence central life processes and thus health and disease. Today they assume that there ...

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