The world's first
microbiome study has just been released, with the Flemish Gut Flora Project
identifying 69 factors linked to gut flora composition and diversity. Set to be
published in the leading academic journal Science, these results will provide
important information for future disease research and clinical studies. Gut
flora is an important component of human health, with this project
investigating key links between diet, lifestyle, and gut flora composition.
While people are becoming more aware of the importance that the gut plays in
human health, this is the first study to comprehensively link gut health with
diet and lifestyle choices.
Titled "Population-level analysis of gut microbiome variation", prof. Raes' study identified 69 factors associated with the composition of gut flora after analysing over 1000 human stool samples. According to Raes: "Our research has given us a tremendous amount of new insight into the microbiota composition of normal people like you and me. This makes the Flemish Gut Flora Project unique, since the majority of previous studies focused on specific diseases or featured a significantly smaller geographical scope. However, analysing th [...]