Microbes In The Gut: A Primer

Beneficial Gut Bacteria

Beneficial Gut Bacteria from the NIH Image Gallery

The November talk will be given by Michael Hudson who will be talking about his research into gut microbes.

Poster for Michael Hudson

Poster for Michael Hudson

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the micro-organisms (microbiota) inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract of man and animals.  The study of these microbes used to be costly and technically challenging, but the application of new nucleic acid sequencing technologies has allowed rapid characterisation of these complex ecosystems and their contribution to health and disease.  Numerous claims are being made for ‘good’ or ‘bad’ microbiomes and microbiota.

Michael Hudson will draw on his 50+ years of experience in gut microbe research to introduce this microbiota and its properties, and examine some of the hyperbole surrounding this fast-moving and intriguing research area.