Microbiome/Genomics

Probiotics from baby poop!

Patients with diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders and cancer frequently show reduced production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) by their gut microbiome. These SFCAs are beneficial to the host health and a new study published in Nature has isolated suitable probiotic species from baby poop!

The researchers isolated 5  Lactobacillus and 5 Enterococcus strains with probiotic attributes and fed them to mice. The mice showed increased SCFA production in their gut and human trials are planned. In fact “Yadav says that “we are also planning to put these probiotics in yogurt, kombucha, and several other mediums for human use.””

As the article points out “baby poop is readily available — a probiotic gold mine just waiting to be tapped.”

https://www.inverse.com/article/48355-probiotics-baby-feces-bacterial-strain?utm_campaign=science-innovation-2018-08-27&utm_medium=inverse&utm_source=newsletter

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