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During the Biovision Forum 2013, you chaired the session on the Gut Microbiota and moderated a round table on the subject. What are the main messages coming out of this event?   FL: I think it was an excellent initiative that the Biovision Forum got interested in the microbiota and that the topic was in the spotlight. The forum has an objective to stimulate discussion between politics, academics, industrials and the general public.   The round table brought together high academic profiles (Dr Nathalie Delzenne from the University of Louvain, Dr Dirk Haller from the Technical University Munich, Dr Dusko Ehrlich from INRA). They each delivered their speech to promote…

Can you tell us a little bit about you and how you got interested in Gut Microbiota?   FL: I was trained as a geneticist. As a PhD student (2000-2003), I worked in a lab…

We have composed short summaries of the workshops that were organized during the Gut Microbiota for Health Summit (Madrid, February 2013).   Here is the list of workshops: “Gut Microbiota and functional bowel disorders” “Gut Microbiota and brain function” “Probiotics and prebiotics: use and selection” “Dysbiosis in IBD” “Faecal microbiota transplantation” “Technologies to investigate the human gut microbiota”

American journalist Michael Pollan shares his experience with the American Gut Project and gives a full overview on the human microbiome as we know it today. "Here were the names of the hundreds of bacterial species that call me home. In sheer numbers, these microbes and their genes dwarf us. It turns out that we are only 10 percent human: for every human cell that is intrinsic to our body, there are about 10 resident microbes — including commensals (generally harmless freeloaders) and mutualists (favor traders) and, in only a tiny number of cases, pathogens. To the extent that we are bearers of genetic information, more than 99 percent of…

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During the Biovision Forum 2013, you chaired the session on the Gut Microbiota and moderated a round table on the subject. What are the main messages coming out of this event?   FL: I think it was an excellent initiative that the Biovision Forum got interested in the microbiota and that the topic was in the spotlight. The forum has an objective to stimulate discussion between politics, academics, industrials and the general public.   The round table brought together high academic profiles (Dr Nathalie Delzenne from the University of Louvain, Dr Dirk Haller from the Technical University Munich, Dr Dusko Ehrlich from INRA). They each delivered their speech to promote…

Can you tell us a little bit about you and how you got interested in Gut Microbiota?   FL: I was trained as a geneticist. As a PhD student (2000-2003), I worked in a lab…

We have composed short summaries of the workshops that were organized during the Gut Microbiota for Health Summit (Madrid, February 2013).   Here is the list of workshops: “Gut Microbiota and functional bowel disorders” “Gut Microbiota and brain function” “Probiotics and prebiotics: use and selection” “Dysbiosis in IBD” “Faecal microbiota transplantation” “Technologies to investigate the human gut microbiota”

American journalist Michael Pollan shares his experience with the American Gut Project and gives a full overview on the human microbiome as we know it today. "Here were the names of the hundreds of bacterial species that call me home. In sheer numbers, these microbes and their genes dwarf us. It turns out that we are only 10 percent human: for every human cell that is intrinsic to our body, there are about 10 resident microbes — including commensals (generally harmless freeloaders) and mutualists (favor traders) and, in only a tiny number of cases, pathogens. To the extent that we are bearers of genetic information, more than 99 percent of…

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