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Gut microbes eat our medication

How one species of bacteria consumes the primary treatment for Parkinson’s disease could reveal more about how the microbiome impacts our health

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Scientists led by Peter Girguis, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard, have found that the gut microbiome of right whales and other baleen species shares characteristics with those of both cows and meat-eating predators.

A whale of a tale

Mammal’s microbiome shares characteristics with both plant eaters and predators, study finds

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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.

Life partner

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

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