Leafing through the Literature

Thalyana Smith-Vikos

Highlighting recently published articles in molecular biology, genetics, and other hot topics

Trusting Your Gut Microbiota

Changes in human gut microbiota have been linked to an increasing likelihood of developing metabolic diseases. Karlsson et al. sequenced the fecal metagenome of 145 European women with normal, impaired or diabetic glucose control. From these profiles, the researchers developed a mathematical model to identify cases of type 2 diabetes, and predicted an individual’s diabetes-like metabolism by applying the model to women with impaired glucose control. They also discriminated between metagenomic markers for type 2 diabetes in their European cohort compared to a recently published Chinese cohort. Continue reading “Leafing through the Literature”