Did you know that there are fewer human cells in our body than bacterial cells? For the human body to contain anything other than our own cells has always caused controversy; however, the idea of a second genome has been around for a while. Continue reading What is the Second Genome and how does it affect us?
The human body possesses a diverse and abundant repertoire of microorganisms, termed microbiota, occupying distinct internal and external niches. In numerical terms, the bacterial component alone approaches 50 phyla of 1000 species that cover 1014 bacteria per gram of luminal content. Continue reading Gut Microbiota and the Gut-Brain Axis
This is the final instalment of my three-part series that investigates how the correlative link between the gut microbiota and our weight has come to be. Part 3 explores the range of weird and wonderful solutions the market has to offer. Can we force the microbial hand simply through our dietary choices? Continue reading OBESITY: MANIPULATING OUR GUT MICROBIOTA IN THE QUEST TO BE LEAN
This is the second instalment of my three-part series that investigates how the correlative link between the gut microbiota and our weight has come to be. Obesity is a worldwide epidemiological epidemic and current interventions, both medical and lifestyle, are failing to thwart its increasing prevalence. Part 2 takes a close look at the association between obesity and the gut microbiota. We hold a microscope to a selection of studies that have provided a compelling link between the microbial community and our expanding waistlines. Continue reading OBESITY: MANIPULATING OUR GUT MICROBIOTA IN THE QUEST TO BE LEAN