Can Bacteria be the Fountain of Youth?
Over the past decade the importance of the bacterial microbiome has become clear with links to gastrointestinal, inflammatory, metabolic and neurological disorders being observed routinely. A new study, published in the journal Current Biology, extends this into longevity. Scientists gathered samples from people in the Sichuan province in China, known for an abundance of active individuals over 90. Using Random Forest analysis of microbiome data they determined that these individuals have a high degree of microbiome diversity and increased numbers of bacteria known to be beneficial to gut health. This provides the framework to develop probiotic therapies aimed at healthy aging.
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