Better Understanding of Probiotics Could Mean Better Drug Use


Posted March 30, 2012 on Global Food Forums:

March 30, 2012 – A new paper by researchers suggests that computation methods (statistical analysis) of the microbes and probiotics in our gut may lead to improved health. A better understanding these microbes would include more knowledge of their genetic makeup. This could lead to new ways to treat illness (that is, therapeutic interventions) and to improved safety and effectiveness of drugs since more would be known about how gut microbes interact with pharmaceuticals. Collison M, et al. Data mining the human gut microbiota for therapeutic targets. Brief Bioinform. 2012 Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print]