The functions of the microbiota

The functions of the microbiota

Microbiota: Set of microorganisms in a specific location or sample that inhabit all the surfaces of our organism. Functions: Maintenance of barrier functionBalance of species of microorganismsLocal innate and adaptive immunity A human cell is composed of three...
A common gut microbe secretes a carcinogen

A common gut microbe secretes a carcinogen

Cancer mutations can be caused by common gut bacteria carried by many people. This was demonstrated by researchers from the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) and Princess Máxima Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. By exposing cultured human mini-guts to a particular strain of...