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Contrary to the common idea of a "sterile" intrauterine environment, Aagaard and coauthors demonstrated the presence of a microbiome in placentas from 320 healthy pregnancies, collected under sterile conditions. This microbiome was quite different from that reported in other parts of the mother´s body including the vagina and the gut, and resembled more the microbiome of her oral cavity, however in much lower abundance. This raises the question - without being able to answer it yet - whether bacteria ingested via food of mothers are able to affect the microbiome development of the baby even before delivery. An altered placental microbiome was associated with antenatal oral infections, that in turn…

In Science Report journal, Zhang and colleagues published a study about Mongolians known to have their own typical lifestyle, notably in terms of dietary habits. Using 16S rDNA pyrosequencing, researchers showed the presence of a…

Alexander Khoruts, MD, is a gastroenterologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Minnesota. Since he carried out his first fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in 2008, he has conducted research on the procedure and developed…

Marion Leclerc is a French microbiologist working at INRA  (the French National Institute for Agricultural Research) Jouy-en-Josas Centre. She spoke with Gut Microbiota for Health about her various areas of research.   What research are you doing…

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Contrary to the common idea of a "sterile" intrauterine environment, Aagaard and coauthors demonstrated the presence of a microbiome in placentas from 320 healthy pregnancies, collected under sterile conditions. This microbiome was quite different from that reported in other parts of the mother´s body including the vagina and the gut, and resembled more the microbiome of her oral cavity, however in much lower abundance. This raises the question - without being able to answer it yet - whether bacteria ingested via food of mothers are able to affect the microbiome development of the baby even before delivery. An altered placental microbiome was associated with antenatal oral infections, that in turn…

In Science Report journal, Zhang and colleagues published a study about Mongolians known to have their own typical lifestyle, notably in terms of dietary habits. Using 16S rDNA pyrosequencing, researchers showed the presence of a…

Alexander Khoruts, MD, is a gastroenterologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Minnesota. Since he carried out his first fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in 2008, he has conducted research on the procedure and developed…

Marion Leclerc is a French microbiologist working at INRA  (the French National Institute for Agricultural Research) Jouy-en-Josas Centre. She spoke with Gut Microbiota for Health about her various areas of research.   What research are you doing…

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