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Drugs to Be Derived from Insights into Body-Dwelling Bacteria

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The human body teems with trillions of microorganisms ā€” a microbial landscape that has attracted roughly $500 million in research spending since 2008. Yet with a few exceptions, such as the use of fecal transplants for treating life- threatening gut infections or inflammatory bowel disease, research on the human microbiome has produced few therapies.

That is poised to change as large pharmaceutical companies eye the medical potential of manipulating interactions between humans and the bacteria that live in or on the body.

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