The gut feeling

      Videos        Feb. 17, 2017        LRB

This video explains how people are venturing in to microbiome. Advances in DNA sequencing and big data allow us to analyse bacteria like never before. Scientists and entrepreneurs have entered a race to develop tools and datasets that uncover the role microbes play in human health.

Bacteria are no longer the enemy. Will bacteria enable personalized medicine?
Yes, there are many companies that focus on the microbiome that could transform multi-billion dollar concerns like weight loss, probiotics, cosmetics, dental health, and even chronic diseases like diabetes. Will microbiome analysis change modern medicine? How are entrepreneurs involved? Is the money in sequencing, analytics, or drug development?


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