Supplemental Materials: Guts & bugs in health and disease
Science for All Seasons, November 7, 2013
Our bodies are host to trillions of microorganisms, many of which reside in our digestive system. This tiny population, known as the gut microbiome, mostly functions to aid digestion or repress the growth of harmful bacteria. But imbalances in these same bacterial species have also been linked to inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, and even cancer. Broad senior associate member and renowned gastroenterologist Ramnik Xavier will discuss the link between the gut microbiome and our health.
To learn more about how Broad researchers are gaining insights into the human microbiome, inflammatory bowel disease, and more, please visit:
- Human Microbiome Project
- Learning From Human Genetics
- Broad news story: Broad Institute and Mass. General Hospital announce major inflammatory bowel disease sequencing initiative
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