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Emily Balskus (left), Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Wilson are co-authors of a study that details the development of a tool that may help researchers better identify enzymes present in microbiomes.

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Researchers’ enzyme advance could help to unlock mysteries of health

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The Harvard lab of Bauer Fellow Peter Turnbaugh (above) is working to identify the mysterious microbes living in our intestines, and to better understand how the bacteria that live within us affect the drugs we take and the exotic foods we eat, collectively called xenobiotics. “There are very few examples where we know the link between gut microbes and xenobiotics — that’s one thing I’d like to change,” Turnbaugh said.

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Microbes, at work inside of us, are of rising interest to researchers for role in health, diet

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