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Fighting Clostridium with Clostridium

Communities of Good Bacteria Make a Dent in Autoimmunity

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Monday, July 15, 2013

Last week, researchers described a mixture of gut bacterial strains that could induce the production of regulatory T cells in mice. Such T cells, which inhibit the function of other T cells, could be useful allies in taming autoimmune disease. And indeed, when animals with either colitis or allergic diarrhea were treated with the bacterial cocktails, their symptoms improved.

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