Researchers source stool samples to study gut bacteria

December 15, 2014 6:32 PM

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Researchers source stool samples to study gut bacteria

Researchers at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York have collected stool samples from healthy donors as part of a multi-center pilot study researching therapies for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBD).

Doctors are using the samples to understand the responses of bacteria in the microbiome— the bacteria and organisms that live in the gut— to certain therapies. Each bacterium has a specific purpose in the body, from metabolizing a certain type of fat to producing a molecule the colon uses as an ener...

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