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Tag: microbiota

Skin Commensals and T cells: How Do We Keep the Peace?

Tiffany Scharschmidt spoke to us about her thoughts on the skin microbiome, immune responses and inflammatory skin diseases.

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Disease, Ageing and Lifestyle: Considerations from the Microbiome Forum

At the 3rd Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe, topics covered the impact of microbiomes on human health and disease, developing therapeutics, and investment into the microbiome. Duc H. Le, the UK Editor-in-Chief of EBioMedicine, summarises some of the presentations that took place.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Venture Capital Firms

As a start-up looking for funding, every venture capital firm might seem the same, but all money is not created equal. When you present yourself to a venture capitalist, you’re selling to a business. This means you need to get to know their business and what motivates their decision-makers.

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In vitro Modelling of the Human Upper Digestive Tract

Artificial digestive systems are increasingly used as a relevant alternative to in vivo studies for ethical, technical, regulatory and cost reasons. For more than 20 years, CIDAM, from the University of Auvergne in France, has been developing platforms such as the artificial digestion associating dissolution apparatus, mastication simulator, gastric and small intestinal models, large intestinal systems and intestinal cells in culture.

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How to get Funding for Your Human Microbiome Startup

The vast amount of research into the human microbiome is attracting new companies to the field and the race to translate scientific data into viable products has begun. Financial interest in the microbiome is at an all-time high, giving many scientists the opportunity to start their own business as product development or service companies.

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Human Milk Oligosaccharides: Powerful, Specific Modulators of the gut Microbiota

The human gut is home to trillions of microorganisms (gut microbiota) that make up a complex ecological community with many more bacterial cells than the total number of human cells. Most of the bacteria in the gut are harmless or beneficial and protect against pathogens, extract nutrients and energy from our diet, and contribute to immune regulatory functions. [1]

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Links Between Obesity and the Gut Microbiome: What do They Mean for Therapeutics?

Obesity affects 600 million people globally, but the range of available treatments is limited. Recent findings that demonstrate a relationship between the gut microbiome and obesity have brought new hope that bacteria-based therapeutics might offer novel treatments.

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Microbiome of the Italian Lifestyle

Whilst completing my industrial PhD in Biotechnology, I focused on the characterisation of microbial communities of dairy products, using Next Generation Sequencing approaches in order to evaluate the quality of cheeses. The shift towards studying the human gut microbiome was quite easy. Unfortunately, at the beginning we found that we couldn’t evaluate the “quality” of the gut flora as it was a relatively under-explored field.

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