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Gut microbiota and pregnancy

Written on August 9 2012 at 10:53 PM

By Yohanan Winogradsky

in Gut microbiota
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A study recently published in Cell (August 3rd, 2012) monitored 91 pregnant women to characterise more precisely the evolution of gut microbiota composition during pregnancy. Researchers found that the composition of the gut microbiota changes dramatically. They compared stool samples from the 1st and 3rd trimesters and were able to describe an evolution leading towards greater inflammation and energy loss. Those observations were confirmed by the transplant of microbiota of germ-free mice.

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Yohanan Winogradsky holds a masters degree in International Relations from the Sorbonne University in Paris, which he obtained in 2007. In February 2008, he was recruited by Dr Dusko Ehrlich (Director of Research, INRA) as European Project Manager of the EU-funded collaboration MetaHIT, Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract. He was also involved in the management of the Marie Curie Training program Cross Talk. For both projects, he was in charge of general administration as well as dissemination activities. He set up the social media actions to promote the projects’ achievements and reach out to online communities interested in projects’ outcomes. After 4 years in the service of INRA’s gut microbiota initiatives, Yohanan moved to the Netherlands and has been working there as a freelance in the field of scientific communication and writing.

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