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Entries by Erin Carpenter

Considerations when choosing a collection device for your fecal samples

With so many options of fecal collection devices available for gut microbiome studies, how do you choose the best one for your research?

The primary purpose of a sample collection device is to capture a representative in vivo microbial sample capable of generating high-quality and reproducible data...

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Why study probiotics for inflammatory bowel diseases?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a collective term for chronic inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which include Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). These conditions are characterized by alternating phases of inflammation and mucosal tissue damage (active...

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Interpreting your fecal short-chain fatty acid data

Humans are unable to digest the bulk of dietary fibres without the help of anaerobic bacterial populations that convert the indigestible compounds to a form we are readily able to use. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are bioactive molecules that are a metabolic by-product of bacterial fermentation...

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Studying the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis and Behaviour

The involvement of the gut microbiome in communication with the brain and its influence on human behaviour is an exciting area of research. The bidirectional signalling between the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (including gut microbes) and the brain, termed the microbiota-gut-brain axis, is regulated...

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