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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Artifcial Gut Exploring Microbiomes

Saw a presentation recently on means of using the human microbiome, but not linking to an artificial gut that would allow it to be interacted with and simulated in new ways.  Note unexpected links between the gut and brain.

Artificial gut aims to expose the elusive microbiome
Testing platform will allow the research community to explore the human microbiome in new ways.

By Anne McGovern | Lincoln Laboratory

The microbiome is a collection of trillions of bacteria that reside in and on our bodies. Each person’s microbiome is unique — just like a fingerprint — and researchers are finding more and more ways in which it impacts our health and daily lives. One example involves an apparent link between the brain and the bacteria in the gut. This brain-gut “axis” is believed to influence conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, depression, and irritable bowel syndrome. However, many studies into the brain-gut axis have stalled because of one central problem: the lack of an adequate testable model of the gut.  .."

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