Friday, February 15, 2013

Studying Drug and Gut Microbiota Interactions

"'The main goal of antibiotics is to eliminate pathogenic bacteria, but we’re learning that there are many side effects that these drugs have on the microbes that are normally found in the gut, which may have negative consequences,' he [Peter Turnbaugh, a Bauer Fellow at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Center for Systems Biology] said. 'There has been a great deal of emphasis on personalized medicine in recent years, and the standard way of thinking about that is understanding the human genome and trying to predict how a given drug will react inside your body. I think this paper emphasizes that it may be equally important to think about how your particular gut microbiota will interact with a given drug.'"

Go with your gut - Harvard Gazette