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Gut microbes switch host genes on and off under influence of diet
 

Gut microbes switch host genes on and off under influence of diet

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New study of mice shows gut microbes alter gene expression - depending on diet - with a Western diet preventing many of the changes of a plant-rich one.
 
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27 Nov 2016 - General
 
Tahira Nawaz Thank you for sharing this article on how to keep our gut healthy. I thought that food choices only affected the digestion process, nutrients absorbed by the body, and maintenance of weight; however, I overlooked the fact that the enteropathic flora also needs nutrients to help them stay healthy. This research is very interesting because it shows how 2 different types of diets affect the GI flora. We...
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This is a new research that is explaining an important role of microbes present in our gut. The research study is carried out on mice and seen that gut microbes switch host genes on and off under influence of diet. It has been observed that interaction with the environment do not change the genes, but they alter the expression by switching them on and off through chemical tags on the DNA. Further investigation has shown that gut microbiota influences gene expression through epigenome. The short-...
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