Gut microbiome changes in sync with food intake pattern

Gut microbiome is the consortium of microorganisms that inhabit the mucous membrane lining the large and small intestines, and is responsible for many body functions such as digestion of food and regulation of overall intestinal health. A recent study reported in the New York Times (Link) reveals that the gut microbiome of a population in … More Gut microbiome changes in sync with food intake pattern

High precision sequencing of 16S rRNA gene, important for phylogenetic purposes

Article in PeerJ, “A method for high precision sequencing of near full-length 16S rRNA genes on an Illumina MiSeq”   Summary of article: A tag sequencing method utilizing the Ilumina MiSeq platform was shown to be useful in sequencing, in high precision, near full length 16S rRNA gene, which is important for phylogenetic purposes, particularly … More High precision sequencing of 16S rRNA gene, important for phylogenetic purposes

Collection of microbes in the gastrointestinal tract changes with the diet we eat

Microbes are all around us; in the air we breathe and surfaces we touch. But, we don’t fall sick from exposure to microbes. Why? Because our bodies possess an immune system capable of defending against harmful microbes when we are healthy. More importantly, many of the microbes we are exposed to are harmless, and maybe … More Collection of microbes in the gastrointestinal tract changes with the diet we eat