AvidBiotics Taps Nature for Two Ways To Fight Lethal Microbes

By: Bernadette Tansey | Source: Xconomy

The trillions of microbes that live inside the human gastrointestinal tract are suspected of playing a role in disorders as varied as obesity, asthma, and diabetes. Scores of scientists are studying such possibilities at biomedical research companies and in collaborations such as NIH’s Human Microbiome Project.

But can these diseases be caused by a single rogue germ in the gut, or do the illnesses take hold because the overall balance of a person’s microbial ecosystem has gone awry?