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Every technical revolution generates a first wave of enthusiasm and everyone is willing to “play” with the new tool, hoping to find the Holy Grail. That had been already observed when Watson and Crick discovered…

According to the World Health Organisation, obesity worldwide has nearly doubled since 1980. Every year, this condition kills 3.4 million people, a number that rises every day. Doctors and governments try to combat this epidemic using public awareness campaigns encouraging citizens to stay active and follow a healthy, low-fat diet. While it is not enough, it raises the question what if, like in the story about the Trojan horse, the problem could be tackled from the inside? Scientists have recently become more aware of the important role the hundreds of trillions of gut microbes play in keeping us healthy. It has been discovered that this vast and diverse bacterial ecosystem,…

Some time ago, it was a common practice in some countries to bring candy and cakes to celebrate birthdays at school with friends and classmates, and there was no problem. Everyone ate and enjoyed the food, and went home happy with chocolate stains all over their clothes. A generation or two after, that has become an unthinkable tradition for kids. The reason: the recent rise of food allergies. According to Allergy UK, rates of allergy are rising all over the world, affecting 30 to 35% of people at some stage of their lives. Initially, asthma and allergic rhinitis were the most common problems; but recent studies have shown a significant…

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Every technical revolution generates a first wave of enthusiasm and everyone is willing to “play” with the new tool, hoping to find the Holy Grail. That had been already observed when Watson and Crick discovered…

According to the World Health Organisation, obesity worldwide has nearly doubled since 1980. Every year, this condition kills 3.4 million people, a number that rises every day. Doctors and governments try to combat this epidemic using public awareness campaigns encouraging citizens to stay active and follow a healthy, low-fat diet. While it is not enough, it raises the question what if, like in the story about the Trojan horse, the problem could be tackled from the inside? Scientists have recently become more aware of the important role the hundreds of trillions of gut microbes play in keeping us healthy. It has been discovered that this vast and diverse bacterial ecosystem,…

Some time ago, it was a common practice in some countries to bring candy and cakes to celebrate birthdays at school with friends and classmates, and there was no problem. Everyone ate and enjoyed the food, and went home happy with chocolate stains all over their clothes. A generation or two after, that has become an unthinkable tradition for kids. The reason: the recent rise of food allergies. According to Allergy UK, rates of allergy are rising all over the world, affecting 30 to 35% of people at some stage of their lives. Initially, asthma and allergic rhinitis were the most common problems; but recent studies have shown a significant…