In this interview, filmed during the 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit, Professor Magnus Simrén of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Chairman of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Scientific Committee, explains to Gut Microbiota Worldwatch the relationship between the gut microbiota and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Two studies led by Spanish scientists from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and published in the Nature group journals Scientific Report and ISME Journal, respectively, have, for the first time, quantified and classified the effects of some disorders on our gut microbiota based on studies of the substances produced by bacteria when decomposing food molecules, the metabolites.

The gut microbiota - the community of hundreds of trillions of microorganisms living in our digestive system that perform a range of essential functions for our health - is a constant source of new and interesting content.

Now, new research published in Cell Reports suggests the reason why Western lifestyle may reduce the variety of bacteria and alter the overall composition of gut microbiota is because it limits bacterial ability to be transmitted from human to human.

Rob Knight: How our microbes make us who we are

15 Apr 2015

by GMFH Editing Team

Professor Knight has recently published the book Follow your gut, that talks humorously about the important impact of bacteria in the human body. We will soon give you more details of this new publication edited by TED Books.