Gut Microbiota News Watch is a section dedicated to expanding knowledge about gut microbiota’s importance for health and quality of life among the media and society in general. Using clear and easy-to-understand language, our aim is to keep our readers up-to-date on the latest facts and news about gut microbiota.

Your microbiome is like a unique fingerprint

1 Jul 2015

by GMFH Editing Team

The more than 100 trillion microbes we host - the human microbiota - can identify us as individuals much like a fingerprint, a new study by Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health reveals.

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.