The Human Gut Microbiome
Although the gut microbiome has been known for many years, it wasn’t until the mid-1970’s that a relationship was hypothesized in medical journals. With the advent of the Human Genome Project in 2001 (Adak & Khan, 2019) further investigation into the types and relationship of the microbes in the GI tract were seriously studied.
Utilizing DNA & RNA tracking and culture techniques found during the Genome Project, more information was found on the Gut Microbiome. It was as of 2017 that the knowledge on the Microbiome began to show promise. It has been speculated that the GI tract has approximately 10 times more bacterial cells that the human body itself, and 100 times more DNA & RNA than the human genome although this has been recently revised to a 1:1 ratio (Thursby & Jug, 2017).
The microbiota of the GI tract has a high degree of redundancy in their functions of immunity, structure, energy, and protection which are due to location and the environment of where they are in the GI tract as well as external factors that may affect the biome.
The following presentation is an introduction to the Human Gut Microbiome.
interprofessional education, human gut microbiome
Ladue, Tammy J.. "The Human Gut Microbiome." (2023). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hsc_ipe_posters/14
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