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Be our guest? The right gut microflora can treat disease

By Nuala Moran
Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CHICAGO – “Never be lonesome; you are host to millions of microscopic guests.” While that thought may be a comfort to some, those guests in the gut flora are not necessarily well-behaved, friendly commensals, as recent findings on the relationship between the microbiome and diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiometabolic disease highlight. “Major progress has been made in linking metabolic disease to gut microflora, on top of what is known already about the role of genes and lifestyle,” said Oluf Pedersen, director of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen.

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