Science: Gut bacteria will revolutionise medicine

Last Updated: March 4, 2017
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Science is developing day by day, the Danish researcher team from the Novo Nordic Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen revealed that gut bacteria is able to revolutionise the medicine in a foreseeable future. The importance of this bacteria for our health described in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The recent article by two scientists, Danish Professor Oluf Borbye Pedersen and American Professor Susan Lynch from the University of California indicates the ability of the gut bacteria to have a great impact on our health, according to the experiments, this bacteria could possibly affect the risk of developing different diseases in the human organism, from diabetes to schizophrenia.

The recent researches in different countries demonstrate that gut bacteria and their composition have an influence on our health and could possibly affect the risk of developing everything from obesity and diabetes to autism and schizophrenia.

An improved understanding of the interaction between the body and bacteria can open up new treatment options, which are the subject of a recently published a scientific paper by two of the leading scientists in the field.

In the article, published , Professor Oluf Borbye Pedersen , and Professor Susan Lynch from the University of California, USA, outline the future medical perspectives in understanding and exploiting the potential of intestinal bacteria.

“Not too many years ago, the research field was just starting out, but today, gut bacteria have become mainstream and we are now on the threshold of being able to exploit the past ten years of basic research to break through to the next stage: pilot studies on people suffering from various chronic diseases,”

explains Pedersen. Thus, a gut bacteria could be used to develop cures for chronic gut infections such as Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel disorder. They could even help the body to fight cancer.

In 2016, scientists discovered that the composition of intestinal bacteria can impact asthma. Two years earlier, scientists showed that intestinal bacteria could eliminate autism in mice. Other studies have demonstrated that intestinal bacteria play an important role in the development of obesity.

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