Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Linked to Viruses

January 24, 2015 3:20 PM

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Inflammatory bowel diseases, also known as IBDs, have undergone a great increase in number of cases in the past few years, and doctors do not yet know what could be the cause. However, the latest study published shows that IBD might be connected with the rise of viruses in the human body. The connection was suggested after studying and comparing the digestive systems of healthy participants and those of the affected volunteers. The research was conducted by a team of scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine.

It is only recently that experts acknowledged the association between the microbiome and the presence of illness in the body. The microbiome represents the totality of genetic content in and on the body and it interacts with the bacteria’s genetic material. Changes in the bowel microbiome are often ...

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