Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In the near future, this is going to come up...

We laugh at some of the things that "doctors" did in the 19th century.

I bet that 100 years from now, this will be one of the things they laugh at US about.


Researchers found pairs of human twins in which one was obese and the other lean. They transferred gut bacteria from these twins into mice and watched what happened. The mice with bacteria from fat twins grew fat; those that got bacteria from lean twins stayed lean. 

The study, published online Thursday by the journal Science, is “pretty striking,” said Dr. Jeffrey S. Flier, an obesity researcher and the dean of the Harvard Medical School, who was not involved with the study. “It’s a very powerful set of experiments.”

Michael Fischbach of the University of California, San Francisco, who also was not involved with the study, called it “the clearest evidence to date that gut bacteria can help cause obesity.”

Nod to Kevin Lewis


John Thacker said...

Do you mean laugh at us for not realizing that that could be the cause?

It doesn't seem any more crazy than Helicobacter pylori causing ulcers, and the way in which that was discovered-- Dr. Barry Marshall drinking a Petri dish of bacteria. He only won a Nobel prize and reversed decades of thinking on the causes of ulcers.

Anonymous said...

Du skulle ha haft den på Finest Awards ;)tavlor

gcallah said...

Yes, John, they are certainly not going to be laughing at us for discovering the importance of our symbiotes!

Anonymous said...

They will laugh for the same reason we laugh now: poo transplants from humans to poo-eating mice.

G Wolf said...

Yes but what causes bad gut bacteria?