While initial studies focused on characterizing the gut microbiome, there has been a shift in the field towards mechanistic research focusing on microbiome influence on host phenotype. Here, science and medical writer Andreu Prados updates major breakthroughs in the field in 2019.

Identifying high quality probiotics available in the marketplace isn’t an easy task. A recent panel of experts suggest some recommendations to companies producing probiotics for assuring probiotics’ quality, from their manufacture to their selling.

2018 has allowed a better understanding of environment-host-microbiome interactions in shaping health and disease. We’re pleased to present the new “Year at a Glance 2018” document, which summarizes the relevant advances in gut microbiota science 2018.