The Gut Microbiome

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The gut microbiome has been known to change as it is affected with disease. However, the problem that scientists are facing is figuring out which components of the gut microbiome are responsible for the differences in a person’s health state. Schubert et al has found an alternative approach to find the association between a microbiome and an organism’s health via the human disease Clostridium difficile. C. difficile is an enteropathogen that causes diarrhea that could be lethal to a person’s health. By using a mouse model study design, Schubert and his colleagues were able to include a variety of experimental parameters such as antibiotic treatment, specific class and concentration of the antibiotic and infection, exposure to C. difficile,

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