The Effects of the Gut on Fruit Flies’ Lifespans

By Caleb Sooknanan ‘20 Aging and chronic diseases are often associated with effects such as metabolic and oxidative stresses, inflammation, and mitochondrial deficiencies. Scientists have suggested that changes in organisms’ gut microbiota relate to specific gut phenotypes, while probiotics can be ingested to regulate chronic disease progression in conjunction with microbiota changes. However, more research…

What Dominates in Shaping Human Gut Microbiota?

By Maryna Mullerman ‘20 The human microbiome is thought to be shaped by many factors. Daphna Rothschild and researchers from Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel attempted to find the most important   determinant for the microbial composition of the human gut. They compared genetic and environmental factors that were thought to influence gut composition and…