Your gut microbiota and you grow old together

28 Feb 2020

by GMFH Editing Team

A new article on gut microbiota featured in National Geographic Magazine looks over the key functions these essential microorganisms have for human health through our lives.

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.

Our gut has the ability to learn behaviours thanks to the network of neurons within the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. Interestingly, learning and memory processes take part in the gut and could explain, for instance, the involvement of enteric nervous system in the onset of specific gut disorders.