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Human Microbiome Journal Club: The Pros of Probiotics

We’ve all heard the claims of probiotic yogurts and their benefits for human health, but aside from improving our belly dancing skills, what exactly are probiotic bacteria doing?

An elegant study from the Jeffrey Gordon lab explored the effects of consuming fermented milk products (FMPs) containing probiotic bacteria on the human gut microbiota. They sequenced fecal samples from 7 pairs of monozygotic twins before, during, and after a 7-week period of consuming a FMP containing 5 probiotic strains to investigate if probiotic bacteria alter the composition of the microbiota.

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