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It takes a village… to ward off dangerous infections? New microbiome research suggests so

Study of how gut bacteria team up to prevent in mice could aid development of probiotics and diagnostic tools for humans

Clostridium difficile Cell
A cell, which the can team up to fend off — or not — depending on the makeup of the “village”.
Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


In addition to Schloss, the authors of the new paper are , Ph.D., a recent doctoral graduate, and Hamide Sinani.

The research was supported by the (GM099514, HG005975, AI090871 and DK034933)

Reference: Antibiotic-Induced Alterations of the Murine Gut Microbiota and Subsequent Effects on Colonization Resistance against Clostridium difficile mBIO, doi: 10.1128/mBio.00974-15, 14 July 2015 mBio vol. 6 no. 4 e00974-15 doi: 10.1128/mBio.00974-15

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