What does your gut flora say about you?

Stephanie V. (11 AM lecture) was reading the New York Times, and came across this article about the ecosystem of microorganisms that lives inside all of us. Here’s Stephanie’s summary of what she found:

I was looking online at the New York Times and came across an interesting article called, “Bacteria Divide People Into 3 Types, Scientists Say,” by Carl Zimmer.

After reading this article I found it really interesting the amount of information that I could relate to things that we have already learned in class and was able to fully understand what they were researching. These scientists from University of Colorado found that even though we house around 100 trillion microbes they have found that there are a significant 3 that have been found across the people they have tested from Denmark, Italy, France and Spain. They basically compared their findings to that of our blood types, saying that each type makes us unique and if they continue the specific bacteria in our guts and figure out how they break down and digest foods and synthesize vitamins by using enzymes our bodies can’t make maybe they can help in the future with antibiotics since many antibiotics are becoming less and less likely to work because of our bodies ability to recognize many of the medicines we have used over the years. They also found that certain Enterotypes and their enzymes help to break down certain vitamins like type 1 helps with vitamin B7 and type 2 helps with vitamin B1. So with this research they can hopefully harvest the good qualities of these microbes and make antibiotics or other minerals to help aid along these enzymes and the process that they break down these vitamins and digest the foods we eat better.


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My name is David Singleton, and I am an Associate Professor of Microbiology at York College of Pennsylvania. My main course is BIO230, a course taken by allied-health students at YCP. Views on this site are my own.

Posted on April 27, 2011, in Guest Post, Microbes in the News, You are what you eat. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. thats a really good study hopefully it will succed and improve more and with time it will help with other antibiotics to work better for us and so that we dont become so resistant to some of them.

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