First evidence that gut bacteria help wire young brains

时间:2019-03-03 03:03:01166网络整理admin

A LACK of “good bacteria” in childhood could change the way the brain develops – if they affect people the same as they do mice. Changes in gut bacteria have been implicated in several types of mental illness, but it is unclear whether these changes are cause or effect. Now a lack of certain gut bacteria has been found to cause faulty patterns of connections between brain cells in rodents. The microbes are a group called Bifidobacteria, among the most common in babies and children. James Versalovic at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas bred mice with no gut bacteria,