The Gut Microbiome and its Role in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Recently, the microbiome and its role in disease, particularly Inflammatory Bowel Disease has been the focus of much global attention. As our knowledge expands, could this plethora of research be harnessed to help understand the host response to medications? Manipulation of the host's gut microbiome could provide relief from the debilitating symptoms of IBD, whilst sequencing the genome of the organisms colonising these niche environments may open up new drug development avenues for pharma.

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    The gut microbiome in health and disease: the future for diagnosis and treatment of IBD and IBS?

    A new method for distinguishing between IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) could be on the horizon following a publication by researchers from teams in the Netherlands and the US, who profiled the gut microbiome in stool samples from those with IBD, IBS and healthy controls.

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