More Studies are Focusing on the Types of Bacteria that are Part of all Humans

More Studies are Focusing on the Types of Bacteria that are Part of all Humans

Prior posts have noted that a) for every 1 human cell there are 10 bacteria in or on our bodies; b) these bacteria are key to the digestion of our food, production of necessary nutrients, and disease prevention; c) the nature of our diet influences the make-up of bacterial colonies in our GI tract; d) the bacterial make-up in our GI tract can have a major influence on disease, especially those that impact adults (e.g., inflammatory processes); and e) eating yogurt can help nearterm with digestion, but does not alter the longterm make-up of bacertia in our GI tract.

Now science is taking a hard look at exactly what is the diversity of the make-up of bacteria on and in humans, and what is the genome of said bacteria. It is a fascinating new world in terms of understanding this incredibly important aspect of our co-physiology (one might call it). For those interested in an overview of what studies are being undertaken, I recommend an interview on the NewsHour. See http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june12/miccrobes_06-14.html.

An interesting discussion of the diversity of bacteria on and in the body can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/science/studies-of-human-microbiome-yield-new-insights.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120619.

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