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The gut microbiome’s role in type I diabetes

Development of type 1 diabetes in infants isn’t fully understood. This study explores the role of the infant microbiome.

Study under review: The dynamics of the human infant gut microbiome in development and in progression toward type 1 diabetes

Introduction

There is a lot of evidence to suggest the microscopic bacteria in our gut, known as the microbiome, plays a large role in health[1]. The Study Deep Dives has discussed some of these roles in past issues (see: “Of mice and guts (and exercise performance)” and “Gut bugs and fiber” in Study Deep Dives #2, and “A mouse’s microbiome may cause its brain to leak” in Study Deep Dives #3). Some of the diseases in which the microbiome may be involved include irritable bowel disease[2], rheumatoid arthritis[3], and even obesity[4]. Recent evidence suggests that type I diabetes[5] may be added to the list.

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